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Java Developer's Journal: Why Linux Lovers Jilt Java

Dec 01, 2000, 02:38 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stuart Zipper)

"Java and Linux should have been a natural: on the one hand we have a language that can run on any OS; on the other, an OS that can be custom tailored to a vast range of computing needs."

"Should have been, would have been, could have been. Maybe some day even will be. Today, however, the failure of Java to evoke more than relatively mild interest in the Linux community is the complex result of both philosophical and technical differences between the Java and Linux communities and technologies."

"Where Java's missed the boat so far is in its acceptability to the embedded community. ... Linux's real strength lies in embedded widgetry of all ilks. In that market Linux is starting to make a major dent in what had been a purely proprietary OS market. Embedded Linux developers sneer at the footprint of a Java Virtual Machine."

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