The basic idea is that Apple will sell the Newton unit to Sun. THe value is
probably somewhere between $200M and $20M, or perhaps even lower. The news
was broke by USA Today, which oddly has not been the URL people have been
Perhaps they update their online edition later than everyone else.
Anyway, this makes much more sense than the Sun-Apple merger, and explains why
everyone was so tight-lipped about it.
More interestingly, the talks are also rumoured to center around Java. I am
praying for a JavaStep JFC merger. JFC is Sun & Netscape's attempt o build
OpenStep into Java, while JavaStep (not an official name) is Apples' attempt
to build Java into OpenStep. These are two very convergent efforts, and it
would make life a heckuva lot easier for everyone (except Microsoft) if they
-- Ernie P.