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Papers, Please ....

Posted by cdibona on March 12, 2004 at 12:42 PM PST

Hi everyone, after some talking with my colleague Art, we would like to extend an invitation for papers and abstracts for articles for the site. We are particularly interested in articles about the different JVMs out there for Linux , with a specific eye towards compatibility and performance concerns. You can email them to me at

Also, I'd like to talk about the tempest that ESR recently sparked off about the nature of Java.When presented with the opportunity to help with this website, I wanted to help because I thought that have Linux be a platform for java that enjoyed parity with Solaris and windows was a very important thing, and something that would be worth my time to do. This was something I did with my eyes open. Java is not free the way that C or perl is free, we all know this and so why is it important to me, a free software person, that Java runs as well on Linux as on Solaris et al? Why should I care that Java development be as facile and productive on Linux?

The short answer is .net, the longer and much more legitimate answer is that Java enjoys an ownership role in business application creation and deployment that Linux must serve to continue to grow in ways that are very good for Linux developers and users. In short, I feel that to embrace Java is a much better policy than to reject it. I think keeping Java close to us will help bring Java closer to being a truly free language, something that is important to me.

.net is a force; this is something that a lot of people in free software don't seem to take seriously enough. Microsoft has done a lot of things very right with .net and they are seeing a lot of people start to develop using .net and related technologies. And here is a quick quiz for you, does .net run on Linux? If businesses develop using .net is that good for Linux? And while I have a lot of respect for Miguel, compatibility with winforms and other Microsoft controlled technologies that exist on top of .net is not a battle that can be won to anything other than temporary stalemate.

Some free software advocates like to paint this as an "enemy of my enemy is my friend" kind of thing, but I think that this denies the long history of Sun doing some very good things for free software (OpenOffice anyone?) . Anyhow, I think that I'd rather hear your takes on this that continue on about it.

Abstracts are good too :)

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