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: Only Two Choices?
by unoengborg on Thu 8th Mar 2007 04:30 UTC in reply to "Only Two Choices?"
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Python/Gtk seems like a pretty strong choice given that there are quite a few applications using it (Gajim for example).

The problem is that Python is a bit slow compared to java and C#. As for java and Gtk bindings I would prefer if the Gtk swing look&feel was improved so that java apps didn't stick out like a sore thumb rather than focus on Gtk bindings.

The java swing class libraries are very well designed, and there are probably a lot more developers that know how to use swing than ones that know Gtk, as java is used as first programming language in many universities round the world.

Why not make a swing Gnome and KDE look&feel as well, that way we could have apps that looked resonably good on both Gnome and KDE.

The only downside I see with Java is that it currently is a bit hungry for RAM.

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