Documentation in Sun/Microsoft case to go public

The "special master" in the Java lawsuit against Microsoft has recommended that the court release documents from the closed pre-trial arguments, including a transcript of the proceedings, to the public. Both Microsoft Corporation and Sun Microsystems have indicated that they will not fight this decision, which may lead to the release of the documents early next week.

Sun sued Microsoft earlier this year because of changes Microsoft made to the source code in its version of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) it ships with Windows 98 and Visual J++. Microsoft says the Java licensing agreement it signs allows for such changes, though Sun obviously disagrees. U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte, who is overseeing this case, has said that the case boils down to the interpretation of this contract.

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