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CNET Rival Java consortium formed

May 07, 1999, 18:36 (0 Talkback[s])
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"A group of companies that don't want to play by Sun Microsystems' Java rules have formed an outside work group into an outfit called the J Consortium.

"The companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and NewMonics, have formalized an ongoing effort to set a standard for a component of Java called 'real-time' extensions. Real-time extensions are features that enable Java to work in devices like factory floor robots which must respond to commands immediately (in 'real time').

"J Consortium members say they're unhappy with Sun's dominance and that Sun detracts from the effort to actually build products, according to Kelvin Nilson, chief technology officer for NewMonics and technology chairman for the J Consortium.

"Sun, with a parallel and competing effort under way, says its development process is open and objects strongly to the outside effort."

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