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more on the java injunction


Kevin Werbach wonders what is so important about the Java injuction, wondering: "Who cares about Java on the desktop, anyway?". Well, Java on the desktop is important because it provides an alternate platform with good (not perfect) portability and excellent development tools. It's important because it's a push for another way to get out of the Microsoft monopoly (Linux native apps are another...), since it gets the Java Runtime redistribution issue out of the way That said, my own personal feeling is that the Java Runtime only needs a better installation system and a good way to manage JRE versioning (as I've argued before). Java Web Start almost gets us there. A few more changes and the injunction will not really be necessary anymore (after all, the typical Microsoft app is tens of megabytes of size, while the typical Java app is a few megabytes at most. Even if the JRE was included with every app, there would still be an advantage).

That said, my own personal feeling is that the Java Runtime only needs a better installation system (as I've argued before).

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on December 25 2002 at 10:36 PM

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