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Re: Part of the Microsoft Agreement
Chip Richards wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 07, 1997 at 11:48:55PM -0500, Christopher Pall wrote:
> When you download MS IE this is part of the agreement you click on. I
> 7. NOTE ON JAVA SUPPORT. The SOFTWARE PRODUCT may contain support for
> programs written in Java. Java technology is not fault tolerant and is
> not designed, manufactured, or intended for use or resale as on-line
> control equipment in hazardous environments requiring fail-safe
> performance, such as in the operation of nuclear facilities, aircraft
> navigation or communication systems, air traffic control, direct life
> support machines, or weapons systems, in which the failure of Java
> technology could lead directly to death, personal injury, or severe
> physical or environmental damage.
> I hate to burst everyone's bubble, but these words aren't Microsoft's--they
> are in the original Java agreement from SunSoft. Sun has been taken to task
> repeatedly over this extreme sort of waffling. Microsoft is just passing it
> along, probably as part of their reseller's agreement.
At least Sun has the decency to put this stuff in writing.
Similar wording, it seems, is appropriate for quite a few situations
where fault-tolerance and OLTP is required and I would not trust any
medical, or critical process control systems with Windows or Windows NT.
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