eWeek: Sun: ‘Secret Negotiations’ on Eclipse Continue

“Sun Microsystems Inc. on Thursday formally addressed the
lingering question of whether company would join the newly
independent Eclipse Foundation and the answer remains: Maybe.

“Simon Phipps, Sun Microsystems Inc.’s chief technology
evangelist, addressed a somewhat wary crowd at the EclipseCon 2004
conference here Thursday and told them that although Sun has no
intentions of making any Eclipse products, the company would still
be interested in joining the Eclipse Foundation if certain
‘business conditions’ were met. He added that ‘secret negotiations’

“Phipps gave a talk on open source and the value of diversity in
the Java community. The address, however, was in a setting where
the key question among many was whether Sun would join Eclipse–the
company has been openly considering it for more than six


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