The Java Lobby has called for the establishment of a consortia to get the Java standards process moving again and to reduce Sun Microsystems' stranglehold over the platform.
Rick Ross, president and founder of the Java developers? organisation, wants to see the creation of a body in which three distinct parties can vote on the future of Java in an attempt to introduce checks and balances into the current system. These parties would include Sun itself, for profit companies and not for profit organisations such as educational establishments.
?Sun?s open processes are broken. Only licensees can participate and Sun?s authority is too arbitrary. There?s too much of a 'not invented here' attitude. Sun claims that its processes are more open than other vendors' in the past, but it?s a benevolent dicatator. We want a benevolent partner,? he said at the Comdex show in Las Vegas this week.
He continued: ?A consortia could introduce a great deal of balance, if, for example, Sun allowed non-licensees to take part. Sun is moving that way, but it?s half-hearted and standards should be voted in by two of the three member groups. That way Sun can?t railroad things and third parties could work with Java without being afraid of Sun.?
He added that this would ensure all interests were represented and would remove the possibility of Sun forcing its will. It would also ensure that something was done to get the standards process moving again because the hardware vendor had so far been ?delinquent? in submitting Java as a standard to the International Standards Organisation (ISO).
While Sun only has a two year term to submit Java for fast-track ratification, it has already been an ISO member for a year and has done nothing.
Ross concluded: ?Sun says trust us because we?ve got a good track record, but I don?t and I won?t. I don?t think it?s wise to trust Sun at that level if it says nothing is a standard until it?s accepted by us.?
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