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[5]: Hmmm
by dsmogor on Fri 9th Mar 2007 16:01 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Hmmm"
dsmogor
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2005-09-01

Actually I routinely use Java apps on linux and for about 3 years swing has most redraw issues resolved (at least when using default theme).
In numerous cases I have actually noticed it beating gtk when using similar widgets with scrolling text area being the most glaring example (try comparing large text in jedit to gedit).
If only somebody wrote a working QT backend for SWT...
I know this is more of a testament of gtk architectural problems that swing snappyness but still having reasonably snappy toolkit with so rich architecture, fully drawn by jit vm is a monumental achievement.
I can only fear how decision to use gtk to draw its widgets will affect performance. Hopefully this can be turned off by default.

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