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LinuxProgramming.com: Whither Java for Linux?

Feb 09, 2001, 16:18 (38 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lou Grinzo)

I'm sure it comes as no surprise that computer journalists talk among themselves about industry rumors and announcements at least as much as any other group of people interested in (read: obsessed with) computers. Now that we finally have an answer (and a very good one) to the one of the questions that's been occupying us for a while ("when the heck is HP going to get serious about Linux support for their printers???"), we can turn to the other Big Mystery: The Linux community's thundering indifference to Java.

I asked a number of people about this last week at LWE, including journalists and representatives from various vendors, and the consensus, if you could call it that, was a shrug combined with a furrowed brow. In other words, no one else had a good answer to the Java Conundrum, either. (One gentleman from a vendor whose name you'd recognize suggested that there is no problem with Java, and that it's being used heavily on Linux in the enterprise arena, and that I'm just talking to the wrong people about it, including the LinuxProgramming.com readers. Even if that's true, it doesn't explain why Java isn't popular among the non-server programmers.)

I'm not a Java fanatic, but I do like the language and I've used it extensively in the past, so I take a special interest in this situation. Perhaps the LinuxProgramming.com readers can help me out here.

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