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From Kalecser Kurtz <kalec...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Windows support
Date Wed, 11 May 2005 02:30:08 GMT
Ok, agreed, Harmony will inevitably have its peculiarites, so harmony
wouldn't be an option without full windows and apple support. Besides
that it would create a stronger community, like Stefano said.

On 5/10/05, Bob <citibob@earthlink.net> wrote:
> On May 10, 2005, at 10:26 AM, Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
> > Kalecser Kurtz wrote:
> >> I fail to see the point on writing open source software for Windows,
> >> on windows we already have SUN's and IBM's java impl and I think noone
> >> would care to have an free(from freedom) java impl.
> >
> > Some shortsighted people said the same when mozilla started ;-)
> 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 the course of about 5 years, it overtook and superceded all other C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.

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