This all just support's Sun's key premise:
Posted May 10, 2005 2:52 UTC (Tue) by b7j0c
In reply to: And Sun a calling themselves pro-open source?
Parent article: A proposal for a free Java implementation
Sun has Sun for a long time that Java needs to be centrally controlled to ensure compatibility. All of these fractured efforts, with various levels of compliance, sure make for a muddy development environment. Do SableVM files work with Kaffe? Do Kaffe files work with gcj? Confused yet?
Sun isn't off the hook either, they have the same issues with versions of their VM.
Meanwhile look at Python and Perl. No code portability issues. The same runtime is ported to most any platform you want. To hell with open specs and closed implementations. The open implementations/write your own spec from studying the code type platforms seem to be fulfilling all of the WORA promises of Java.
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