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.

#5 Re: The enemy of my enemy...

by the_Rebel

Monday December 23rd, 2002 11:10 PM

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I love Perl, but it is hardly comprable to Java and neither Perl nor Python have any relevance here. As for Mozilla code, that would be more relevant to Netscape's case than Sun's case.

The reason that the judge made the ruling regarding Java is because the court case in question is about Java. Microsoft violated their Java licensing agreement with Sun. The whole purpose of this injunction is to try to help offset the damages that Microsoft has inflicted upon Sun; it is not meant to necessarily undermine or punish Microsoft. It is not the judge's job to promote Free Software or Open Source. From what I have heard so far, this judge is doing it right.