A ZDNet article details the upcoming arguments in the antitrust suit brought by Sun Microsystems against Microsoft over Microsoft’s treatment of the Java platform. Sun claims that Microsoft has distributed a crippled and incompatible version of Java in its (monopoly) operating system, which serves to undermine the Java platform. The article covers mostly background and history. It’s pretty clear what Sun’s case is, but less obvious how Microsoft will choose to defend itself. This is the latest chapter in an ongoing legal melodrama for Microsoft. Though it’s not actually related to the suits that the Federal Government and several U.S. states filed against Microsoft, the fact that Microsoft has been found to have illegally wielded its monopoly power gives some bite to Sun’s bark. Arguments in the case will begin today in Baltimore.