Wired News: Sun Opens Java Management Process

Sun Microsystems hopes to silence open-source critics and
bring more industry leaders into the Java fold by revamping the way
the company oversees management of its Java development

“To date, Sun has made all the decisions regarding the direction
for Java. In a major change for the Palo Alto, California-based
company, Sun is forming an executive committee that will include 16
members from other Java players. The committee, with executives
from Oracle, IBM, and Novell, will decide which proposals for new
specs are approved for development.”

“‘Companies are making five-year business plans around Java.
They would feel much more comfortable if they knew not just one
for-profit company was making decisions around the future of the
platform,’ said Ken Urquhart, architect of Sun’s Java Community


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