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PC Week: Java partners at odds

Dec 30, 1999, 19:21 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Sun Microsystems Inc.'s decision not to establish an across-the-board branding fee for Java 2 Enterprise Edition has set off a free-for-all among partners seeking to cut deals with the Java creator."

"As a result, large Java partners such as IBM, which are not as reliant on Java branding efforts, are in a cold war with smaller vendors that depend on Sun's official stamp of approval to sell Java-based products...."

"Large Java licensees, such as IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., and BEA Systems Inc., of San Jose, Calif., have balked at paying any branding fees, arguing that the J2EE brand does not carry enough clout with customers to warrant the cost."

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