Over the next couple of weeks, Sun Microsystem?s Java is expected to become an increasingly important element in the US Department of Justice?s (DoJ) probe against Microsoft for alleged antitrust activity.
According to US reports, the DoJ and various state attorneys are continuing to solicit information about the software giant?s activities in the Java world and may make Java an appendage to the existing lawsuits regarding browser integration into Microsoft software.
Rick Ross, president and founder of the Java Lobby, said he went to the New York state attorney general?s office on Tuesday for the second time to talk "extensively" with officials about what Microsoft was up to with Java.
"I felt confident that they understood better the importance of Java in the big picture. I had a follow-up yesterday on some of the things they can do on the needs and concerns of Java developers. I am more hopeful there will be Java-centric relief," he said.
He added that several of the 20 state attorney generals that jointly filed suit against Microsoft in parallel with the DoJ were interested in amending their current antitrust complaints to focus on Java.
A Sun spokeswoman also confirmed that Sun had spent the last few months providing both federal and state officials with information on the nature of Java and related business issues.
Meanwhile, next week, Eric Schmidt, Novell?s chief executive and former chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, is believed likely to receive a deposition from Microsoft?s lawyers. This will form part of their information gathering process to deal with the Sun lawsuit that claims the software giant is in breach of its Java licensing agreement.
Schmidt signed the original letter of intent in December 1995, by which Microsoft agreed to license Java.
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