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ZD NET: How Open Source Could Save Java

Jan 11, 2000, 22:14 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Berst)

"Java is both a programming language and a cross-platform environment. It was supposed to make operating systems like Windows irrelevant by adding an extra layer on top. It wouldn't matter what was underneath, as long as the computer could run a Java virtual machine."

"But Sun overpromised and underdelivered. Java virtual machines are too slow. And they don't work the same on all platforms, so developers can't "write once and run anywhere." To make matters worse, Sun mismanaged the upgrade process, so improvements were slow to come...."

"Sun could revive the Java dream by making it an open source product. Unhappily, asking Sun CEO Scott McNealy to take that route is like asking Saddam Hussein to fix Serbia. Doing the right thing just won't occur to the man."

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