Judge Orders Microsoft to Include Sun Java in Windows

Monday December 23rd, 2002

US District Judge J Frederick Motz has issued a preliminary injunction forcing Microsoft to carry Sun Microsystem's Java Runtime Environment in its .NET-enabled products, such as Windows and Internet Explorer. In a three-day hearing, Sun successfully argued that Microsoft attempted to marginalise Java by shipping an incompatible version of the language with Windows. The order — which will remain in effect until Sun's private antitrust case against Microsoft is settled — is designed to prevent the market from tipping in favour of Microsoft's .NET technology in the near future. The judge fears that should this occur during the duration of the trial, Sun may never again be able to regain its current competitive position. Microsoft plans to appeal.

Slashdot has links to several articles about the decision. You may be interested to hear that Judge Motz is also presiding over Netscape's private antitrust suit against Microsoft.

#3 The enemy of my enemy...

by jjn1056

Monday December 23rd, 2002 10:19 PM

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Why Sun's version of Java? What about Java from other vendors, such as IBM? Isn't there a vendor independent Java, from a Free Software group? I remember hearing about this once. What about Python, Perl, or any number of other platform independent enviroments? On that note, why not the mozilla runtime?

In my mind, this is not of much use to Open Source, or Free Software. This is just one big company trying to usurp the monopoly of the other. It's really just a, "Oh, that's interesting. The newspaper says we have a new dictator today..."

I guess it's here because a lot of us think the enemy of my enemy is a friend. I guess I'll try to keep an open mind and see if that is true.