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LinuxWorld: Java's future lies with Linux

Jan 28, 2001, 21:06 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"Java -- now that's a technology. It's a language. And it's a platform. It's two, two, two technologies in one! The problem with Java is that Sun has repeatedly fumbled its strategic handling of Java as a platform. It is doing so even now in the world of open source. Sun just doesn't know how to embrace the open source community, and that's hurting Java as Linux quickly penetrates the server market. Sun has to face the fact that it desperately needs Linux, both as the platform for Java servlets and as an underlying operating system for Java-enabled embedded devices."

"I suspect that the problem boils down to a fierce struggle within Sun, and it all starts with the issue of Solaris versus Linux. How could a company so proud of its regal Solaris operating system possibly consider replacing it with something so uncouth as Linux? I can actually sympathize with the engineers in that respect. It's hard to dedicate your work to something for years then have it threatened by an upstart from the street. I'm certain that Hewlett-Packard and Silicon Graphics have the same inner conflicts. I would be willing to bet that Bruce Perens, who now works for HP, spends more time evangelizing Linux to HP employees than to HP customers."

"In fact, the only major company with its own Unix that doesn't seem to have a problem adjusting to Linux is IBM. To its credit, IBM has fully embraced Linux at all levels."

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