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.

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

by adsmith

Tuesday December 24th, 2002 1:22 AM

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Perl might not be relevant now, but when Parrot and Perl 6 hit production I think they will become a genuine alternative to .NET and Java. Parrot (currently under development) is the virtual machine that will support Perl 6, but it is being designed to support other langauges as diverse as Lisp, Ruby, Python and C#. Very cool stuff. Personally, being able to program XUL apps in Perl 6 would be a very interesting prospect.