"Robert Young, chairman of Red Hat, said Sun Microsystems has
failed to learn from the open source model of software if it has
turned away from establishing an international standard for
"We're disappointed in that [the withdrawal from the ECMA
standard-setting process] because Java had a chance of becoming an
open, international standard," Young said in a recent
interview. "Sun's withdrawal will give more momentum back to C and
C++, and they had been losing out to Java. Sun will not be as
successful with its new strategy in the future as it's been to
"If Java becomes "just Sun's product," additional parties in the
marketplace who might have adopted it will grow reluctant to base
product lines on it, Young said."
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