Re: Quitting debian-java
On Sun, 4 Mar 2001, Vincent Renardias wrote:
> On Fri, 2 Mar 2001, Alexander Hvostov wrote:
> > The fact that there are no Free JVMs/compilers at present is a temporary
> > problem. Java is, in effect, non-free for now, but this will change when
> > these projects approach completion. Java is not really a moving target as
> > far as I can tell, so the free implementations _will_ catch up to Sun.
> Agreed, but the Free alternatives have been catching up since 96 without
> being completly usable.
> The JVM specs are actually frozen, but each new JDK version brings up new
> APIs that needs recoding, so I expect the free classes implementations to
> be still lagging behind the IBM/Sun ones...
> > > As for GNU's support for Java, it's encouraging development of free
> > > alternatives to Sun/IBM's JDKs, but it's not-quite-here-yet(tm).
> > Again, insert statement about the temporary nature of the problem here.
> Theory: the problem is only temporary
> Practice: it's been temporary for 5 full years :(
What, you think Java's going to be obsolete by the time the free
implementations are done? Not likely! ;)
The core classes themselves don't seem to be changing, either, by the
way. I don't see any word of JDK 1.4...
> Linux : c'est free mais c'est pas grave.