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internetnews.com: Critics Call For Open Java

Jul 02, 2004, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Representatives of the open source community staged an intervention Thursday, pleading with Sun Microsystems to relinquish some of its control of Java.

"The issue for the open source community boils down to two things: the speed with which Java development is moving and the price that Sun must expense in order to provide certified compatibility.

"Reminiscent of his open letter earlier this year to Sun, IBM Software vice president of Emerging Technologies, Rod Smith asked Java creator James Gosling and Java Community Process (JCP) Chairman Rob Gingell to work on an independent project to open source Java and speed up the development process. The question has been reverberated by members of other open source communities, including Apache, Linux, as well as with scripting languages Perl and PHP..."

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