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WideOpenNews: Sun's Zander Addresses Comdex

Apr 20, 2000, 15:27 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patricia Krueger)

"While Sun president and COO Edward Zander declared at Comdex today that we're at the "tip of the iceberg" of the Internet revolution, outsiders say Sun's ability to give Internet technology a push depends on its willingness to work with other players by plugging its critical infrastructure apps into an open standards space. Zander stressed that all of Sun's products and services are in fact based on open standards -- "based on" being the key phrase, as even open source Forte Community Edition, Sun's new Java development environment, will be rolled into proprietary enterprise versions."

"The validity of the Sun's recent moves here was questioned more than once throughout the halls of the Linux Business Expo, whose attendees expressed disappointment that Sun backed Java out of the international standardization group, ECMA. The move had been a blow to many open sourcers who believe that Sun has opted consistently to keep the Java code -- the veritable glue to the ecommerce sites -- out of the hands of builders who don't want to pay the licensing fee to use Java for commercial products."

"Though open standards may not make the key strategy list, Sun isn't totally devoid of friends in the Linux space. Sun's most recent general open source license, the Java Community License, has received praise from open evangelists like Collab.net's Brian Behlendorf, and Sun has successfully established relationships with Linux companies like Linuxcare."

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