Though Java's father -- as he is sometimes referred to -- hints at a possible culture clash between IBM and Sun Microsystems if a merger were to take place, he cites Java as 'such a large community of people that nobody could control it. If anybody tried, it would ruin it all.' Taking into consideration that by Sun's estimates there are 10 billion devices that are enabled to run Java today, including around 5 billion smartcards and around 3 billion mobile phones and PDAs. Read James Gosling's interview on the topic of Sun and IBM's merger: http://www.cbronline.com/news/gosling_warns_of_culture_clash_if_ibm_buys_sun