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Sun Microsystems Inc came in for some industry pressure from its peers last week, when a group of industry giants headed by Intel Corp asked it to hand over its Java language to the standards bodies. Intel, Compaq Computer Corp, Digital Equipment Corp and Microsoft Corp issued a press release in the form of an open letter to Sun, asking it to pass Java to the International Standards Organization lock stock and barrel, including giving up rights to the name. Sun said it had heard all the same issues before from the authors of the letter, and Intel has indeed voiced such concerns before, along with Microsoft (CI No 3,153). Aside from attempts to make news during a quiet period, Sun says it will be submitting its response to the comments that came with the votes on its applications to become a standards submitter to ISO probably this week, which comes as no surprise as the deadline is Wednesday, September 17.

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