Stories by Michael Lattig and Ted Smalley Bowen

Sun Makes Moves to Quell Unrest Over Java

AMID RUMORS of insurgency, Sun Microsystems Inc. last week invited many key customers and licensees -- including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, BEA, Oracle, Novell, and Apple -- to its headquarters for a frank discussion on the state of Java and how the Java Community Process (JCP) and Java licensing agreements should evolve.

IBM not yet ready to split with Sun over Java

According to sources familiar with the situation, tales of the demise of IBM's relationship with Sun Microsystems - as a result of Sun's decision not to pass development of Java technology to a standards body - have been greatly exaggerated.