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LinuxDevices.com: The coming Java-Linux duopoly

Jun 04, 2000, 17:31 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ganesh Prasad)

[ Thanks to LinuxDevices.com for this link. ]

"I'm not an expert on Linux devices. I'm not even an expert on Linux. I've used Unix and (lately Linux) as an applications developer, and my experience has primarily been with databases and application programming languages. However, I believe that my concurrent exposure to both Java and Linux has given me a few insights that may be worth sharing with those interested in Linux-based devices."

"These are my postulates:

  • The poor performance of Linux stocks in recent times is not an indicator of poor prospects for the Linux OS, but an index of its extremely high value to consumers as opposed to vendors. Spurred by demand, Linux will spread everywhere, first on servers, then on devices, and finally onto desktop systems.
  • Reports of Java's death have been greatly exaggerated. Java has never been stronger, and in fact, is becoming ubiquitous. Java is strongest on the server, but will make a strong play for the client once more, riding on the backs of browsers supporting Java 2.
  • The web has obsoleted traditional client/server architectures, and proprietary systems based on them are already old technology. Windows 2000 is a prime example. The web paradigm will speed the adoption of client devices that rely on open, Internet technologies...."

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