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From "Alex Blewitt" <alex.blew...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Re: [general] compatibility packages
Date Mon, 14 Aug 2006 08:03:43 GMT
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.

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.


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