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SRO: Who Really Owns Java?

Dec 06, 1999, 19:56 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Gage)

"The good news for Sun and many developers is that Java finally is moving beyond the early-adopter stage. One prime example: Ericsson will discuss how it is building Java-based telecom networks during this week's show. Moreover, major players like IBM, Inprise and Symantec now offer solid Java development tools. But with Java's success, Sun is becoming increasingly hard-pressed to keep control of its offering...."

"Transvirtual Technologies faces similar challenges with Sun. Transvirtual CEO Tim Wilkinson, whose company offers the Kaffe Virtual Machine for desktops and embedded systems under an open-source license, chafes at Sun's refusal to let Kaffe pass Sun's compatibility tests. But he believes Sun's position is untenable. "We are about to steal one of Sun's biggest customers," Wilkinson says."

"Both Tower and Transvirtual have relationships with Microsoft, a fact that is publicly noted by Sun's attorneys, who are seeking information on both companies, along with two dozen others."

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