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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Does Java exist on the desktop?
by sharyanto on Sat 10th Mar 2007 01:10 UTC
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As far as I'm concerned, Java does not exist on the desktop now. Of the hundreds of applications I've used over the years on the "Linux desktop", there has only been 1 Java app: dimsum (a chinese language tool). Oh and there was ArgoUML which I've played with a bit in the past. And my impression of ALL java programs (desktop and otherwise) are not good, they always use up at least 150-300MB of RAM and have long startup times even for the simplest apps. Even Perl/Python/Ruby apps are much better in those two aspects.

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