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From Geir Magnusson Jr <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: [general] compatibility packages
Date Mon, 14 Aug 2006 11:03:16 GMT

Alex Blewitt wrote:
> On 14/08/06, Geir Magnusson Jr <geir@pobox.com> wrote:
>> 3) Clearly there's value in providing these [sun.* classes], as other
>> implementations
>> (BEA, IBM, Apple) include them.
> Possibly true, but for different reasons. They license the source code
> bulk from Sun, not re-implement their own. (They have patches etc.
> that sit on top of them, of course.) As a result, there's a bunch of
> internal stuff that is exactly the same as Sun's, and so depends on
> the sun.* classes.

Depending on their license choice, we'll be able to do that soon :)  If
they'd just hurry up...

> The value (to them) is that they don't have to spend time re-writing
> the sun.* classes instead of something else. There's no value
> necessarily to the end user; it's a selfish decision on their part,
> nothing more.

I agree with sentence 1 and 3 above, with s/selfish/pragmatic applied to
3.  I'd also bet that IBM wouldn't do it if they could avoid it - I
can't imagine they would ship sun.* unless there was customer demand.


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