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From Owen O'Malley <omal...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Why DrWho
Date Thu, 17 Dec 2009 23:42:01 GMT

On Dec 17, 2009, at 3:25 PM, Edward Capriolo wrote:

>  Java being 100% pure can not understand these OS
> particulars.

Java is where this *should* be happening. Java knows the OS and has  
specialized code for each one. The problem is that they chose to take  
the minimal intersection of all OS's instead of a reasonable set of  
capabilities. Take groups for instance. Having a method that gets the  
groups for a given user is right. If a given OS doesn't have groups,  
returning an empty list is much better than not supporting it on any OS.

-- Owen

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