Posted May 12, 2005 13:43 UTC (Thu) by ncm
Parent article: A new Harmony Project
Joe writes in the article, "There is certainly plenty of need for an open source Java in the open source community."
This drastically overstates the case. Certainly there is a desire in some quarters for a free Java. If there was any actual need we would already have it, long since. The fact is that Java doesn't solve any problems that Free Software has. Any value it is claimed to have for application development is already provided by C++, as anyone may see by surveying the wealth of programs in common use written in it. (You probably don't know when you are running a C++ program. Could you ever say that about a Java program?) That OO.o has been adding Java components to its C++ program says a great deal more about Sun's strategic lock-in plans than it does about any need for Java.
Whence this desire for Java, in those quarters? From here it looks like it's mainly proprietary software vendors who would like their customers to remain locked into the Java platform. If their customers are moving to Linux, they want to collect rents there, too. Those customers who break free of Java find themselves with no need for that massively bloated "middleware" their erstwhile brethren have grown used to paying for.
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