IBM PROVOKES JAVA FIGHT WITH SUN.
Sun failed in its efforts to get Java standardized by the International Standards Organization (ISO). Since then IBM said it must either adopt shared standards for Java or admit it will never give up its ownership.
If Sun will not surrender its hold on Java, the industry will likely move forward with a replacement technology that supports open standards because the future of the e-marketplace will not grow in value without such standards, according to IBM's Simon Phipps.
Sun may not release the Java reins soon, but recently it did respond to feedback from vendors and helped form a panel to revise the Java Community Process (JCP).
The JCP is responsible for developing Java specifications and referencing implementations and associated compatibility test suites.
The panel, which includes representatives from IBM and other vendors using Java, will draft JCP 2.0, a document that will formalize how the JCP will work, according to Sun. The panel should go live with JCP 2.0 in late August, Sun said.