Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Apr 2011 22:06 UTC, submitted by sjvn
SuSE, openSUSE Attachmate now owns Novell and therefore, by extension, also owns SUSE and openSUSE. With Oracle currently doing everything in its power to thoroughly destroy what's left of Sun's open source commitments, scepticism abound about the future of SUSE, and more specifically of openSUSE. Attachmate's CEO has answered some questions about the future of SUSE and openSUSE, and as far as words go, it's looking good.
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RE[9]: As far as words go....
by pantheraleo on Tue 3rd May 2011 14:54 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: As far as words go...."
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What was being discussed was web technologies,and these days java in LOB applications is almost exclusively an intranet technology and is also disappearing there for new projects.

There is also something else you are overlooking, which is that we have hit the limits of Moore's law. The free ride that developers have been enjoying of faster CPUs has come to a halt. Intel has been warning developers that this was going to happen, and that developers were going to have to start writing their applications to be concurrent as we start adding more cores because of the fact that we can't make them go faster anymore. Within a few years, Intel will be producing desktop CPUs with 32 cores.

What are these massively concurrent applications going to be written in? Python? Ruby? PHP? Concurrency is notoriously difficult to do well in any of these languages.

Once again, enter Java. Several new functional programming languages, such as Clojure and Scala, have been gaining a lot of popularity in recent years, specifically because of their concurrency features (immutable data structures, software transactional memory, etc).

So again, your argument that "no one is using Java anymore" is flawed. Java has been well ahead of the concurrency curve for years, running and scaling well on systems that have thousands of cores. Python, Ruby, and PHP have a hell of a lot of catching up to do if they want to compete with Java in this new world where developers cannot rely on faster CPUs anymore, and are forced to deal with writing massively concurrent applications.

Edited 2011-05-03 14:57 UTC

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