Thursday?s face-off between Sun Microsystems and Microsoft to decide whether or not to block shipments of Windows 98 will be held behind closed doors.
US district judge Ronald Whyte decided to close the session to members of the public and press in response to requests from attorneys for both sides. The two companies both intend to submit confidential evidence, expected to include emails and other documentation.
Sun Microsystems is seeking an injunction to block Windows 98 from shipping as it contends that Microsoft has changed Java without its permission to make it work better with Windows.
Yesterday Whyte heard evidence from Microsoft?s witnesses that it had always announced its intention to Sun Microsystems to do this. Bob Muglia, senior vice president in charge of applications and tools, claimed he had informed Alan Baratz, president of Sun?s Java division, that Microsoft would include extensions in its tools product to customise the Java code to work better with Windows.
However, under cross-examination Muglia admitted Sun had not specifically empowered Microsoft to change the Java language, although he contended it was contractually free to do so.
Baratz will give evidence for Sun today, along with James Gosling, the co-creator of Java.
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