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January 22, 2003—In this issue:
1. NEWS AND VIEWS
- Russia Is First Country to View Windows Source Code
- Microsoft and Sun Agree to Java Implementation Details
- New! News, Tips, and More to Keep Your Network Humming
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1. NEWS AND VIEWS
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Microsoft announced this week that Russia will be the first country to view the Windows source code under a plan the company revealed earlier this month called the Government Security Program (GSP). The program gives governments access to the source code for Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000. Countries that view the source code can't change it, but they can use the information to determine the system's security and help build their own secure applications that run on Windows.
"Russia is the first country to sign such an agreement with us, but it will not be the only one," said Olga Dergunova, managing director of Microsoft's Moscow office. "Russia's chief demand was to get access to Microsoft's full code, with no omissions," said Yevgeny Karavayeshnikov, who heads Russia's state intelligence and surveillance agency.
Microsoft says that Russia will receive the first portions of more than 30 million lines of code in early February. To gain access, the country had to agree not to disclose the code or any information about the code. Countries in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) defense alliance will likely be among the next government groups to access the Windows source code.
On Monday, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems presented Judge J. Frederick Motz with the joint proposal he had requested; the proposal includes details about how Microsoft will implement Sun's Java technology in Windows. After receiving the proposal, Judge Motz issued his final injunction order against Microsoft, requiring the company to bundle Java in Windows within 120 days. Microsoft has said repeatedly that it will appeal the decision, and Judge Motz has given the company a 2-week reprieve before the injunction takes effect so that an appellate court has time to hear Microsoft's appeal.
"The parties have worked together over the past couple of days to craft language that is responsive to the court's guidance," said Microsoft spokesperson Jim Desler, although he didn't offer any details about how the companies will implement Java in Windows. According to an earlier ruling, Microsoft will add Java to Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).
Assuming the appellate court denies Microsoft's appeal, Microsoft and Sun will work together to implement Java in XP while Sun continues its $1 billion lawsuit against the software giant. Sun's original lawsuit charged Microsoft with illegally harming Java by using its monopoly OS power to limit Java's distribution and "polluting" the Java market with incompatible Java versions.
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