The Java Lobby, which represents Java developers, has declared war on Microsoft over its Visual J++ development tool. The beta release of version 6.0 of the tool was released earlier this week, but does not conform to all the elements of the latest 100% Pure Java specification, sparking claims that Microsoft is hijacking the standard.
In a statement on the organisation?s Web site, Rick Ross, a member of the Lobby, said: ?It is clear if [Microsoft] cannot own or control Java, then it will do everything in its power to destroy it. There is no chance whatsoever that it will relent."
He added: "From this point forward we must recognise that we are, in fact, at war with Microsoft. Our ability to enjoy a future where innovation and competition thrive together depends on the depth of our conviction and our willingness to act now.?
It continued: ?This is a battle in which the forces of freedom must align against the aggressive forces of tyranny. Microsoft is bent upon controlling the future of technology and on limiting our options only to those which work to its economic advantage. This must be offensive to all people who love freedom and freedom of choice. We cannot tolerate it and we must fight against it.?
Ross is also preparing a petition for the Java Lobby Web site urging developers to contact state and federal government representatives about Microsoft?s business practices and intends to call the New York State Attorney General personally to offer his help with the New York investigation of the software giant.
The organisation is also deciding whether to apply economic pressure on Microsoft and has ceased negotiating with it to support an Open Java application programming interface because it was not 'sincere'.
But, Amy Porter, Javasoft?s European marketing manager, was unsurprised by Microsoft?s stance.
?We?ve known Microsoft wasn?t an ally for a long time and this solidifies the fact that it doesn?t want to give developers choice. This is just the next step in trying to make Java proprietary to it, and while it?s additional fodder for the lawsuit, it doesn?t make any fundamental difference to it,? she said.
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