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PC Week: Sun pulls plug on Java standardization efforts

Dec 16, 1999, 20:22 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Antone Gonsalves, Scot Petersen)

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"The future of Java, particularly on the client side, is up for grabs, after Sun Microsystems Inc. announced last week that it is quitting the Java standards effort...."

"Sun's recent actions back that sentiment. Last week, officials announced that Sun will give away all source code, run times and binaries of J2SE, eliminating any subsequent royalty fees and requiring only the passage of compatibility test suites...."

"Rajiv Gupta, general manager of Hewlett-Packard Co.'s E-speak division, said developers in the open-source community have promised to create a Java alternative and predicted that the version would grow in popular ity, like the Linux operating system or Apache Web server."

"The difference is this clean-room version will be owned by the open-source community," Gupta said. "And the community of open-source advocates and developers, as Linux has demonstrated, is much more powerful than any one company."

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