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Ciol.com: Linux and Java--a tale of two revolutions

Dec 17, 1999, 16:05 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Prashant L. Rao)

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"Why has Linux succeeded where Java failed? The answer lies in the fact that Linux was built using a superior process of peer review and with a clear, focused strategy."

"Linux and Java. The two have quite a bit in common. Both are dubbed "windows killers" by the mass media. Both come with revolutionary concepts behind them and both promise to change the world of computing. Yet, one of the two is a huge success while the other is stumbling from one botched up attempt at conquering the heights of computing to another. Here's why Linux has succeeded where Java has failed."

"Linux is Open Source. It is a product born in the fires of peer review and has a clear focus--to provide a server operating system that is robust, feature-rich and built around open standards. Yes, I know that some over enthusiastic Linux evangelists are talking about Linux on the desktop, but luckily the swarms of Linux makers out there haven't let this distract them from their goal and mission to build the ultimate server OS. That is the reason why Linux is eating up server market share at a rate that makes the growth rate of other server operating systems look positively anemic."

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