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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2002-12-03 Print this article Print

: Judge Steals Show in Sun-Microsoft Duel"> Motz mused aloud that compelling Microsoft to carry Java would be a "wonderfully elegant and simple, although dramatic" remedy that would be nicer than calling in a bunch of economists to try to figure out "what might have been in the make-believe world of what would have happened." Tulchin claimed that harm to Sun has yet to be shown. He noted that at the most recent JavaOne conference in March, Sun claimed that 96 percent of application servers are currently Java-based, and that by 2004, there would be more than two billion Java devices operating around the planet.
Tulchin also cited Suns plans to distribute its Java virtual machine as a kind of "plug in" via OEMs. Sun projected such a plan would cost the company $4 million a year, which, in the grand scheme, was not a lot of money.
"Sun is not exactly the 98 pound weakling," Tulchin quipped. Sun doesnt need the courts help to circulate Java, he said. Day also cited Sun and Microsofts cantankerous history in his opening presentation. "Microsoft distributed incompatible runtimes and tools that fragmented the Java platform," he said. "That act, as (Microsoft Chairman Bill) Gates testified last spring, destroyed the platform for developers and users. And by undermining, Microsoft seized for itself an ill-gotten advantage." Day said Microsoft ended up using .Net as a way to "kneecap" Java. "That should be enough for relief," Day added. He said Sun only wants the court to address the distribution of the Java runtime —"the same distribution Microsoft grabbed for itself." The preliminary injunction hearing is expected to run through Thursday. Both sides are slated to call a handful of witnesses with Sun going first. Each side will get at least six hours of witness testimony and then be allowed 90 minutes each for closing arguments Thursday. The actual suit isnt slated to begin until next year.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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