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]: Not a comendable analysis
by lazywally on Thu 8th Mar 2007 01:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Not a comendable analysis"
lazywally
Member since:
2005-07-06

He didn't say that. He said that it was solved and that licensing was the last barrier to entry, they're independent of each other.

Thanks for clearing that.

Though I wonder if the performance issues are really invalid. Imagine a window manager, session manager, and all other components of the desktop written in Java. :-)

Mono is going to lag behind MS .Net. I'll be surprised if they ever get to the point where they've implemented 99% of what MS has and the 1% they're missing isn't something crucial to a huge number of people.
Assuming Microsoft stays with .Net at the pace they have for the last 6 years.


Mono is always going to lag behind .NET but thats not going to be a problem. Lets look at the situation now. Write code for .NET 1.1 and theres no need to care that MS .NET is at 3.0 and Mono is at 2.0.

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pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

> Though I wonder if the performance issues are
> really invalid. Imagine a window manager,

There actually are a few window managers written in Java. And really, there are no performance issues with them at all. Again, keep in mind Java does intelligent runtime analysis and looks for areas of code that are too slow, and then compiles those down to native code.

Remember that a typical computer program spends 95% of its time running 5% of its code. So the deal is optimize that 5%, and don't worry much about the rest of it.

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ma_d Member since:
2005-06-29

Like project looking glass?

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pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

Here are a couple more traditional window managers written in Java than project looking glass. They aren't full blown desktop environments, and most of them are in early stages. But they are examples:

JD4X: http://jdx.sourceforge.net/
Jesktop: http://www.jesktop.org/

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