Thanks to the European Union, the Sun-Microsoft settlement is getting less and less relevant, Java godfather James Gossling said at an event in Sydney, Australia.
"Our agreement with them is becoming less and less relevant because of a lot of the fallout of some of the antitrust action in Europe. Europe (has) been forcing Microsoft to open up those interfaces to everyone anyway. So the agreement we have with them looks a lot like the ones that the EU are getting them to do," Cnet quoted Gossling saying.
But the arrangement getting less relevant doesn't mean it's completely useless. As part of the deal, Microsoft paid Sun $ 1.95 bn in "and now shut up" money.
And as Sun COO Jonathan Schwartz recently said at a Churchill Club event in Silicon Valley: "Two billion dollars buys a lot of love."
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