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Pennington: Java, Mono, or C++?

Mar 17, 2004, 23:00 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Havoc Pennington)

"In the Linux desktop world, there's widespread sentiment that high-level language technologies such as garbage collection, sandboxed code, and so forth would be valuable to have and represent an improvement over C/C++.

"Several desktop projects are actively interested in this kind of technology:

  • "GNOME: many developers feel that this is the right direction
  • "Mozilla: to take full advantage of XUL, it has to support more than just JavaScript
  • "OpenOffice.org: has constantly flirted with Java, and is considering using Java throughout the codebase
  • "Evolution: has considered writing new code and features in Mono, though they are waiting for a GNOME-wide decision

"Just these four projects add up to probably 90% of the lines of code in a Linux desktop built around them..."

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