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[2]: Ehhh?
by pantheraleo on Wed 7th Mar 2007 23:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Ehhh?"
pantheraleo
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> You do realize that 90+% of the software written
> for the desktop takes place in businesses and not
> in the consumer realm, right?

Yes I do.

> And in almost all of those cases, desktop software
> is written using a MS provided framework/language.

That is where you are wrong. A survey conducted by Evans Data Corporation found that Java + Swing is actually the most popular toolkit at least in North America. (http://www.psynixis.com/blog/2005/10/19/java-swing-is-dominant-gui-...)

The reason people don't see this is exactly the reason you give. Because most of the applications that make Java and Swing the most popular GUI platform are internal business applications, so the general public never sees these Swing applications.

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