Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2007 22:27 UTC
Java "Although the .NET vs. Java war is basically over for control of the Windows desktop, where .NET is sure to become the managed language of choice for new Windows desktop applications, there is a new battle brewing. That battle is for the Linux desktop. Now that Java has been open sourced under the GPL, even the most strict of the 'free software only' distributions can start bundling it and integrating it into their Linux distributions out of the box."
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RE[3]: Only Two Choices?
by g2devi on Thu 8th Mar 2007 20:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Only Two Choices?"
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> Then again, its no more troubling than Wine, which
> probably treads on a number of patents and yet, there
> isn't a single bit of protest.

Actually not quite correct. Everyone recognizes that WINE and Winelib are temporary (imperfect) solutions, not permanent ones, so the effect of a patent trap is less because few people rely too heavily on WINE. If worse comes to worse and the trap is sprung, you can always use VMWare/Xen/KVM/QEMU.

When Corel ported Wordperfect to Winelib, people balked, so I wouldn't say there isn't a single bit of protest for WINE.

The key difference between WINE/Winelib and Winforms/ASP.NET/ADO.NET is that the later is billed as a permanent solution to writing portable apps that can be developed on Windows first while the former is not.

Edited 2007-03-08 20:57

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