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May 02, 2000, 06:42 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Lyda)

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"If there was a free software version of Java available, or better yet if Sun would work in concert with the Mozilla development team to integrate a Java vm into Mozilla/Netscape then there would finally be a platform users could run Java from. Barring Netscape on Microsoft Windows or Microsoft Internet explorer of course."

"Now of course I could just stop doing development on the Linux/Unix platform and switch to Windows and then I'd have Java (actually I'd just quit being a s/w developer and work in a pub or something). But if I'm going to do that then why not look into MS technologies? For instance my websites could use active-x, I could choose servers that run NT, and generally lock myself into MS technologies."

"Essentially for all it's blustering, Sun's best Java platform is on Windows and developers there are constantly being coaxed into a proprietary, MS-only development environment. I can't realistically develop Java on Linux - it's easier to get an intercal compiler on Linux then it is to get Java development environment on Linux."

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