Sun Microsystems has announced that Texas Instruments, Nokia and Macromedia have been elected the newest members of the committees that govern the Java software Sun invented. Nokia and Macromedia are on the board that governs Java 2 Standard Edition, which runs on desktop computers and is at the heart of the Enterprise Edition for servers. TI is on the board governing Java 2 Micro Edition for use in smaller devices such as cell phones and cars.
The two committees are at the top of the pecking order for the Java Community Process, a Sun-established way of letting other companies help govern Java without actually ceding full control to standardization groups. Because Sun initially promised it would go through formal standardization, it ran into criticism from IBM and others when it reversed course.