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  • Brooks Isoldi
    Sun Warms Up To Open Java Spec (02/29/00, 7:25 p.m. ET) By ELLIS BOOKER, InternetWeek Bowing to pressure from Java s largestlicensees, Sun Microsystems is
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      Sun Warms Up To Open Java Spec
      (02/29/00, 7:25 p.m. ET) By ELLIS BOOKER, InternetWeek
      Bowing to pressure from Java's largestlicensees, Sun Microsystems is
      tinkeringwith the "community process" it established two years ago to
      shephard the technology.

      Sun's goal is to open its Java Community Process (JCP) to other
      stakeholders, while retaining some control over the core specification. Sun
      has said its "stewardship" is necessary to ensure that Java evolves quickly
      and effectively. But this position increasingly has strained relations with
      some Java stakeholders that contribute technology to the specification,
      including BEA Systems, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM.

      A draft of JCP 2.0 is now circulating among Java licensees, according to
      sources at those companies. Perhaps the most important addition is a
      "blue-ribbon" advisory group composed of licensees, developers, and possibly
      large corporate customers. The group would become the final arbiter of
      changes to the core Java specification. Sun currently maintains sole
      authority over the specification, though licensees have input.

      Sources said Sun is scheduled to meet with its top-tier licensees on
      Wednesday to discuss the JCP 2.0 draft.

      "We're definitely doing some revamping," a Sun spokeswoman said. But before
      the JCP revisions are finalized, they will be reviewed by the largest
      licensees, including Apple, HP, IBM, Novell, and Oracle, as well as
      "hundreds of systems vendors and thousands of developers," she said. Sun
      will seek a "consensus" from the group, rather than a majority opinion, she

      "If this is what it sounds like, and if Sun doesn't have a majority
      controlling interest or veto power [in the committee], it's a big step in
      the right direction," said Carl Zetie, a Giga Information Group analyst.
      "It'll assuage people's fears that Sun might at some point abuse its

      Brooks Isoldi
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