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CNET News.com: Sun feels the Java heat from rivals

Dec 08, 1999, 00:20 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Sun announced several course corrections today. For one thing, the company will remove licensing and royalty payments for the desktop version of the software, Java 2 Standard Edition, beginning Jan. 31."

"Sun also released the Linux version of Java, which has been under development for months at the Blackdown group. And Sun reorganized its Java division, uniting Java and Jini groups, shuffling executives and moving some top Java researchers to Sun Labs...."

"We won't be using it. We already have Websphere. We don't need to do a J2EE," said Rod Smith, vice president of Java at IBM and the person who replaced Pat Sueltz when she took over Sun's Java operations. Websphere is a collection of IBM's e-business software, including development tools, Java software, the Apache Web server and other components."

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