Monday, May 22, 2006


Good news on the Java front

Smile! There has been some criticism of the decision to use Java, as it is not yet Open Source. Well, Sun have recently decided that they'll change the licencing for the Java Development Kit (JDK) so that it can be distributed with Linux, rather than having to be downloaded and installed separately. Here's the story. In short, it'll soon be part of Ubuntu, Gentoo and Debian.

Vik :v)

LOL! I've believe that six months after it's happened. Sun has been doing a little kabuki dance about making Java public for well over a decade now. :-p
Whatever I might think of Sun and their dance technique, I have a lot more faith in Mark Shuttleworth. That guy delivers.

Vik :v)
No, it's still not OpenSourced - Sun make you sign a non-disclosure agreement before you can get the source code. The binaries are now less encumbered than they were - but you couldn't *REMOTELY* descibe this a OpenSourced.

Personally, I would write this in C++ - it has the speed you need for realtime applications and avoids the evils of garbage collection which is death to realtime applications and creeps up on you in a stealthy way that you can't easily measure or predict.
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