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The Battle Over Java

Posted by pbrittan on December 8, 2003 at 7:39 PM PST

Is the cold war between Sun and IBM over Java heating up?

I often rant about the epic battle that is brewing between Java and .NET. But there is another battle, not necessarily less significant, that has long been brewing within the Java camp. It is a battle between Sun and IBM over the control of Java. Although the two have long been fierce competitors in the area of systems, the struggle over Java has so far been largely a cold war, veiled under a veneer of cooperation.

But recent moves have brought the battle more into the open. Since Sun decided to make Java an

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