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Fwd: RE: Microsoft backlash in France (fwd)
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- Date: Fri, 26 Sep 97 10:55:27 +0200
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Se non e vero, e ben trovato...
Read this one...
Liberty, fraternity ... and Java?
By Francois Lambel and Elizabeth Heichler InfoWorld Electric
Posted at 2:52 PM PT, Sep 25, 1997 If there's another French
revolution brewing, it probably won't involve Bill Gates being
carted off to the guillotine amid cries of "Vive Java!"
A story told by Alan Baratz, president of Sun Microsystems'
JavaSoft business, at a press conference this week painted the
picture of large crowd of French developers booing an anti-Java
presentation at a recent Microsoft developers conference in
Paris. But the tale doesn't seem to hold up when checked with
developers who were there.
According to Baratz, "At the recent Microsoft developer
conference in Paris, about 1,200 developers got an earful from
Microsoft about Java. As Microsoft increased the noise level,
FUDding [fear, uncertainty, and doubt] Java, the crowd booed
and yelled, 'Go Java'. The crowd then began leaving in droves.
At the end of the hour, there were 50 people in the room."
The reality appears to be more boring -- in fact, it was
apparently the boredom suffered by developers sitting through
the Microsoft presentations that were responsible for the
original crowd of 1,200 dwindling as the day wore on, according
to six different accounts of the conference obtained by a
A presentation knocking Java was given in the afternoon, when
many people had already left, according to the sources, who
were also critical of the general quality of the information
Microsoft shared during a day ostensibly devoted to Internet
Explorer 4.0. One source had stayed only in the hopes of
winning a QuickCam at the end of the day. And although there
apparently was some heckling during the Java talk, including a
cry of "allez Java," it came from a group of about a dozen
people sitting together, several sources reported.
A JavaSoft representative contacted yesterday said that
Baratz's source for the anecdote was two e-mails JavaSoft had
received. The two e-mails are identical, word-for-word, except
that one has an introductory paragraph the other is lacking,
and came from a Sun employee in France, the representative
acknowledged. Interestingly, the same e-mail was sent to a
French reporter but also includes the claim that the
unidentified writer was the one who shouted "allez Java."
No further comment was forthcoming from JavaSoft, nor from
Baratz, who told the anecdote after proclaiming "now is the
right time for us to cut through all the rhetoric."
Francois Lambel is an editor at Le Monde Informatique, an IDG
France publication. Elizabeth Heichler is a Boston
correspondent for the IDG News Service, and InfoWorld
Gruesse / Regards
Matthias W. Zehnder
ZDM Zehnder Digital Media Tel: +41 61 273 02 73
Hans Huber-Strasse 15 Fax: +41 61 271 66 80
P.O.Box 475, CH-4008 Basel Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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