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The Register: Open Source Punch-Up Surrounds Mobile Java Upgrade

Mar 02, 2004, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Sun is working with Motorola, Nokia, Siemens and Sony Ericsson on a certification program for mobile Java applications, designed to speed time to market and increase the reach of Java.

"But Sun critics claim only making Java open source will guarantee its ubiquity and its power as a weapon against Microsoft, and this week IBM adopted the popular publicity tactic of the 'open letter', calling on Sun to open up the Java specifications.

"Sun has not yet replied to the letter from Rod Smith, IBM's vice president of emerging technologies, but it is under increasing pressure to fully open up Java - mainly from companies like IBM and Nokia that have significant technical resources and strategic directions tied up in the software, and that see it as their primary method to fight off Microsoft .Net and Visual Studio..."

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