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CNET News.com: Even Sun finds it tough to live without Microsoft

Aug 25, 2000, 15:37 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"Publicly, McNealy never tires of pointing out the faults of Microsoft and of Windows 2000 in particular. But privately, his company is relying on Microsoft software to manage an essential Internet forum for software developers. If postings to the forums are any measure of satisfaction, developers using Sun's Java Developer Community and JavaLobby are not pleased with the switch."

"In a JavaLobby posting this week, Lew Tucker, head of Sun's developer community, said the company, "in keeping with market trends," had decided to outsource forum hosting to service provider Critical Path. "Members have since pointed out that the front-end Web servers used by Critical Path run Windows" and Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS), Tucker wrote. "The environment used by Critical Path, like many others, is heterogeneous. They employ several technologies including Solaris, Windows and Java. We see Critical Path as a good partner."

"Forum users did not take the news lightly, and many posts faulted the company for switching to Microsoft software instead of using Sun systems and Java. "With all their might and power, if Sun can't implement their Web sites with Java technologies, then who else can?" asked one poster. "I really wonder what would be necessary to see Java technologies being used at a billion-dollar enterprise. Does this mean Java is meant for nonenterprise use?"

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