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SRO: Sun's Joy rips Windows 2000

May 07, 1999, 11:49 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"Sun's chief scientist pulled no punches on a visit to the University of Washington, despite its proximity to archrival Microsoft."

"The glue - the operating system - has gone beyond all reason of complexity... NT 5 [Windows 2000] is at 30 to 50 million lines of C/C++ code. It's like the Star Wars missile defense system. These kind of programs are just too complex to debug. The tools aren't up to the task."

"Tools aren't the only problem, Joy continued. "More and more, the way we develop software determines its reliability. Openness is the secret here. With NT, there's no shared [development] community."

"Joy also criticized Netscape Communications Corp., noting that its Mozilla effort hasn't taken off, either, despite being an open source project."

"Naturally, Joy extolled object-centric computing and the ways that Jini will make such a world a reality."

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