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CNET News.com: Sun criticized for delays on Apache project

Mar 24, 2000, 00:09 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wylie Wong)

"Sun Microsystems is feeling the heat after failing to deliver Web technology to a nonprofit group as promised."

"The company earlier this year pledged to donate Extensible Markup Language (XML) development tools to the nonprofit Apache Software Foundation, as part of a plan, along with other software makers, to promote adoption of the technology by making free tools available to developers. Sun even trumpeted the gesture in print advertisements and marketing brochures."

"Now, four months later, angry officials at Apache said the tools have still not been delivered. Sun representatives said the delay is the result of a legal snafu."

"Still, Sun has angered some within Apache for trying to take credit for work it hasn't done, said a person at Apache who requested anonymity. Sun ran an ad promoting its donation to Apache at an Apache convention two weeks ago. The source also said a Sun executive touted the donation in a speech at the convention."

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