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To: Michael Olin who wrote (314)10/8/1997 8:48:00 AM
From: Bill Jackson   of 328
Michael; I think Gates will go route number 2 and attempt to completely cut off that limb. He can remove Java, as he has already done on his sites in preparation for this move, and can soon release a patch to strip Java from IE4, as I feel he had that in mind and has it partitioned to be readily stripped out.
Whether or not the guardian of the public good(Dept of Justice) can do anything is moot(they should, but will be so slow as to be ineffectual). In a few weeks it will be done and no Java app or book will sell, and all the people on that limb will fall to their doom. Unless there is a conter movement to Netscape 4. The Gatescode standard has permeated the field to such a high degree that no competing windows like OS will be able to make way from a zero base.
Imagine a Java OS, and all the 10,000+ windows apps rewritten in Java and 2-3 years of debugging, that's what it would take and Gates will not stand still for it to happen. I feel that Java will soon fall by the wayside unless you and me and others just abandon IE4 if Java is stripped out and go with NS4. Remote??

Gates is immune to litigation, he will go his way with his own legal counsel and simply let Sun spend $. He will strip out Java in a heartbeat if Sun says to. That is what he wants.

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