Three on Java and Microsoft: From Open Letters to an Unpleasant Tonya Harding AnalogyJul 20, 2001, 18:52 (40 Talkback[s])
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Microsoft has announced that Java won't be shipping as part of Windows XP (unless newly "liberated" OEM's choose to put there) which raises some questions regarding the meaning of this move. Here are three articles addressing the issue from different angles, including mention of a grassroots organization of developers protesting the decision, an open letter to OEM's asking them to make sure Java is included with the machines they sell, and an item that says a Java-less WinXP is roughly analagous to Tonya Harding clouting the competition on the knee:
SolarisGuide asks Is Microsoft Attacking Sun or Protecting Consumers?:
"Microsoft's decision to drop support for Java and block many Java applets from running prompted a number of small- and mid-sized Java developers to form People for Open, Safe and Secure Internet and Email (POSSIE), based in Atlanta, Ga. POSSIE's members have decided to stay anonymous for now -- "for fear of retribution," according to a spokesperson -- but said it is not supported by any big companies, including Sun Microsystems.Meanwhile, O'Reilly is carrying an open letter that says Java is Essential to the Software Ecosystem:
"The personal computer is the ubiquitous computing platform. It is the center of the average user's computing experience and increasingly critical as a server, connecting to pagers, personal digital assistants, mobile telephones, set-top boxes, and other devices. Thus, the public has a strong interest in having easy access to new and innovative applications for the PC, particularly network-aware applications that take advantage of the PC's functions as a server as well as a client.Yahoo!, to wrap up the trio, says the move is so much monopolistic thugishness:
"What do you do if you can't win a fair competition? Club your opponent in the knees. That seems to be Microsoft's tactic against Java, a programming standard Microsoft doesn't control.
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