June 9, 2001

Commentary: Java's widening gulf

Author: JT Smith

"The Java disputes are reminiscent of the wars of words between Unix vendors--and some of the
same people are involved. Each Java vendor is primarily interested in selling its products at the
expense of its rivals, which include the other Java vendors as well as Microsoft.

This is the latest demonstration of a key hindrance to standards development involving multiple
vendors: When money is to be made, the desire for competitive advantage overwhelms the desire
to create standards." Commentary at CNET News.com.

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