'The coalition of Java giants is going after more than Microsofts monopoly
on the desktop. Behind closed doors, theyre also going after each other.'
'Alliance partners that saw a common enemy in Microsoft Corp. are taking
increasing pot shots at one another as they begin selling Java for the
enterprise. Novell, for one, is critical of Sun on several counts.'
'"A combination of companies are in charge of Java today, and some of us are
starting to see Sun losing control, as evidenced by things like lots of
hurried announcements. We are very upset at whats happened to pieces of
Java like the Java Naming and Directory Interface, which didnt make it into
JDK 1.2," says Chris Stone, Novells senior vice president of strategy and
'"Whenever any of us do something to Java, were supposed to give the source
code back to Sun," he adds. "That model does not make sense anymore. Weve
had to do lots of things to the Java Virtual Machine to make it work with a
network operating system like NetWare, and wed like to be less dependent on
Sun. Whenever someone else controls the source code, its a problem. Look
what happened to the Open Software Foundation."'
'JavaSofts products are aimed at Microsoft, and Baratz credits Microsoft
with a very thorough understanding of Suns Java strategy.'
'"The big difference between us is were wrap and embrace and theyre rip
and replace," says Baratz, who remains optimistic about the alliance. "They
re building a complete vertical stackWindows NT, COM, DCOM, Internet
Information Server, Microsoft Transaction Server, and so on. Thats why our
partners are so enthusiastic about us. Oracle doesnt have all the pieces of
that stack. Neither does IBM or BEA [Systems]. Were all coming together
using Java as the glue to provide the same level of integration that