The US government in its antitrust case against Microsoft will call Java creator James Gosling to the witness stand next week, shifting the focus of the trial to Microsoft's alleged misuse of Sun Microsystems' programming language, sources close to the case said.
Gosling, could take the stand as early as Tuesday morning, the sources said.
In building up its case against the software giant, the DOJ has yet to hone in on its accusations of Microsoft's alleged misuse of Java. But when Gosling takes the stand the government will likely spell out the Java portion of its complaint in more detail, the sources said.
Gosling has also been a witness in a separate, private lawsuit Sun brought against Microsoft in a California district court. In that case Gosling in September offered testimony about how Java technology works, why Microsoft supposedly saw it as a threat to its operating system, and how Microsoft allegedly implemented a "polluted" version of Java in its products in a bid to derail Sun's efforts.