As expected, the Open Group standards body is to take over certification of devices complying to the Network Computer Reference Profile (NCRP).
The profile, defined by Oracle, IBM, Sun and Digital Semiconductor, includes basic Web standards - such as the 100% Pure Java specification - and will now be extended to cover mobile technologies and smartcards.
By next month, the Open Group said it would devise a Web-based conformance testing suite, which can be downloaded from the Internet by NC manufacturers. They can then run the suites and send the results back to the Open Group online. Successful products will then receive an Open Group brand.
The Open Group has been involved in the creation of the standard and was widely expected to take over management of certification, in an attempt to boost user confidence in the emerging NC market (see earlier stories).
The closer definition of NC standards will also create clear water between "real NCs" and machines with a similar function, notably the Microsoft Windows Based Terminal, said some analysts.
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