The JavaLobby, a group of nearly 200,000 Java advocates and developers, is pressing on in its effort to have PC vendors pre-install on desktop computers a 100-percent-pure Java run-time environment (JRE) and Java plug-in, but is so far having little success.
The group is circulating its JavaReady petition, with 2,699 signatories to date, that reads in part: "The pre-installation of a standard Java run-time environment (JRE) and the Java plug-in on PCs will provide consumers with the real Java support they need. I am asking that all PC hardware vendors respect open standards, consumer choice, and the freedom to innovate by shipping JavaReady PCs."
However, major PC vendors are not going along with the proposal. None have formally signed onto the effort, and one top vendor rejects the JavaLobby's stance.
"The majority of our customers are evaluating Java, but the actual number of Java deployments is extremely small today," says Michael Takemura, Compaq's product marketing manager.
In any case, Takemura says, "(Sun's JRE, JDK, and plug-in) are supported on the Intel architecture, and so from that perspective they are supported on our DeskPro products."
Takemura says interest in Java has waned in the face of other IT concerns.
"In the second half of 1997, there was a lot of interest and exploration in Java. But that has tempered. Y2K, NT-migration, viruses, these issues are very paramount to customers now," Takemura says. "We've seen a significant drop-off in customers putting resources behind Java and light-client computing. They have put it onto the back burner."
Compaq Computer Corp., in Houston, is at +1-281-370-0670 or http://www.compaq.com/.