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From FaeLLe <mrbillcollec...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Windows support
Date Wed, 11 May 2005 13:37:13 GMT
Absolutely agreed Windows support is a pure must if we want this to be wide 
spread and in use.

On 5/11/05, Wes Wannemacher <techgeek@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 5/10/05, Bob <citibob@earthlink.net> wrote:
> [snip]
> > I would add to this. It's a story we've seen time and time again.
> > First came GCC. Not only was it a free compiler, but it was also the
> > first compiler that ran the SAME on all (then extant) platforms. Over
> > the course of about 5 years, it overtook and superceded all other C
> > compilers (except Microsoft's) for that reason. This is the power of
> > "embrace and extend", turned around to the free software world.
> >
> > Same thing with Mozilla. I use Firefox on my Linux, Mac and PCs. Why?
> > Why don't I use IE or Safari or Konqueror so much? Because Firefox is
> > cross-platform, I can use it the same way wherever I go.
> >
> > Why has Evolution NOT taken over Email even though it had the lead on
> > full-text indexing for AT LEAST 2 years? (This is something Outlook
> > STILL didn't do last time I checked). Because Evolution runs ONLY on
> > Linux.
> >
> > I believe it's essential to get Harmony running on Windows. It will
> > inevitably be different from Sun's Java: the bugs will be different,
> > some features will be missing, and some extra features will be added.
> > If Harmony runs cross-platform, then a Harmony-java developer can be
> > sure a program will run on Linux/Windows/Mac. If not, then the Harmony
> > developer must always drag out the Sun implementation to make sure the
> > app runs on Sun's Java (which will be required for windows). And once
> > you've dragged out Sun's Java, why bother using Harmony at all? No one
> > wants to do QA on their program twice, if they only have to do it once.
> >
> I want to play devil's advocate here and mention that Sun's JVM does
> run on a variety of platforms with few if any platform specific quirks
> (in my experience). And, the reality of the matter is that a project
> *will* be QE'd if it is moved to a completely different host platform.
> Although, I do agree wholeheartedly that Harmony should run as
> described on as many platforms as possible. I do think however, that
> it should perform better than Sun's JVM. With the exception of
> idealistic OS distributions (Debian, Gentoo), Sun's JVM is likely to
> continue to be packaged. The users will come if there is a compelling
> reason to do so (i.e. easy integration and optimizations for Tomcat).
> Just my $.02
> -Wes

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