The Future of Java and Mozilla...

Monday September 14th, 1998

George Giannukos writes in with a question about Java that I'd like to expand upon and pose to our readers: "...Microsoft is in court with Sun about its Java license, right? Well, I think Microsoft is definitely going to lose the case and that means Microsoft's Internet Explorer won't be able to run Java apps. Would web sites just stop making Java apps because of this?"

So, let me pose a group of interrelated questions to y'all, based on George's question. Here goes:

1. What do you feel is Java's place in Mozilla's future? In Communicator's future?

2. Should support of Java (or lack of) on IE dictate tech strategy for Mozilla and Communicator?

3. How important is Java to you? Would it continue to have as much importance to you if IE could no longer support it?

Share your comments by clicking on "talkback" on this piece's titlebar. Good way to start off a week! Thanks, George!

#2 Nothing will stop MS

by Jah-Wren Ryel <>

Monday September 14th, 1998 7:14 AM

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The courts have already ruled that you can not copyright a language (human or computer). You can copyright a specific implementation of a language. So far, there are two well known java virtual machines out there (and more coming, I believe a GNU one is in the works). The first is Sun's, the second is HP's.

At this point in time HP has implemented the java language the way Sun has specified it. But, you can count on MS either building on HP's VM or rolling their own completely from scratch, to produce a java vm that is identical in "features" to what they have done to the one they licensed from Sun. Sun won't be able to do a thing about it, and MS will continue to provide the same functionality they currently do.