MS must ship Sun's Java – Judge

At least for now

Sun has won a preliminary injunction in its private antitrust case against Microsoft, requiring the monopolist to carry Sun's Java and not Redmond's feral version.

Sun also scored a copyright victory in the Baltimore ruling today.

In preliminary hearings this month, Judge Motz compared Microsoft's treatment of Java to the Tonya Harding kneecapping, adding that "capitalism is about making money, but it's also about something else. It's also about pride of product."

Today he wrote that if .NET eventually proves victorious, "it should be because of .NET's superior qualities, not because Microsoft leveraged its PC monopoly to create market conditions in which it is unfairly advantaged."

The injunction is temporary, but will last for the duration of the trial. Sun is seeking monetary damages and a permanent injunction requiring Microsoft to carry the JCP-approved Java.

Invited to describe it as a personal victory for McNealy, a member of Sun's legal team said that the press pays much too attention to personality issues. Sun's CEO has been reluctant to comment on the rivalry since Sun embarked on private antitrust litigation.

"We will let an independent judge with a non-political attorney general and a non-political private company pressing the case decide, as opposed to it coming from a politically appointed attorney general," McNealy told The Register in an interview this month . ®

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