Unix must have a stable, fast Java VM

Brian Burton brian.burton at burton-computer.com
Wed Apr 16 09:36:30 PDT 1997

Steve Zara wrote:
> Bryan Mann wrote:
> >
> > Joaquin wrote in a previous message:
> > >
> > >
> > > Also, what about DOS?  Java is important for DOS users and this could help
> > > supplant Microsoft's wedge in the market.  Sun has announced a JavaPC
> > > program, but they are going to charge a $100 per user.  I think this is
> > > criminal especially in contrast to what Java represents.
> > >

What does Java represent?  Platform independence and good OO design
mostly.  Java has nothing to do with freeware.  It never has.

Freeware implementations will be a Good Thing and will unleash a
tremendous amount of creative energy.  But Sun's interest in supporting
Java is purely commercial.  They'll only go where the money is.

BTW, the product Joaquin mentioned (JavaPC) is intended as a replacement
for DOS.  It allows an old 486 to become a network computer (NC).  At
least that's my understanding.  In that respect, $100 is cheap since it
allows a company to upgrade an "obsolete" PC into a NC rather than
buying a new NC for $700-$1500.  It's not intended for individuals.


Brian Burton                          Custom Software Development
Burton Computer Corporation           Java, C++, Orbix, Tuxedo
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