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Can Java Become an Important Linux Language?

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2007-01-14 Print this article Print

Opinion: Can Java ever matter on Linux? It might if IBM/Eclipse and Sun/NetBeans keep moving closer together. (Linux-Watch)

When you think programming languages and Linux, the languages that tend to come to mind are C, C++, Perl, PHP, Python and, lately, Ruby. But, Java probably doesn't enter your mind at all—that's because until recently Java was a proprietary language.

Sun, however has now liberated Java under the GPLv2 open-source license. I think that will help, but I think the fact that the Eclipse Foundation, with its Eclipse IDE (integrated development environment), and the JCP (Java Community Process), with its NetBeans IDE, are making nice will help a lot, too.

Developers didn't need yet another standards battle, but that's what they got. Both groups have long lists of companies supporting them, but what it really came down to was IBM (Eclipse) versus Sun (NetBeans): winner takes first the Java IDE kingdom, and then the Java application world.

Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Can Java Become an Important Linux Language?

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of eWEEK.com's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.
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