[maemo-developers] [maemo-developers] Will OLPC change Linux? / Will Java change Maemo ?

From: Anuj Verma (Kevin) kevin.verma at gmail.com
Date: Thu Jan 25 20:30:40 EET 2007
Hello list, 

I came across this article as subjected, consider me not much a wise guy
for such comparisons but I'll generally like to know what Maemo developers
think of OSS Java making any impact on Maemo project itself ? 



"Python was originally the language of choice for OLPC but with the
announcement of the open sourcing of Java, Blizzard said that the OLPC may
move to Java as it is close to native speeds thanks to Java's jit (Just in
Time) compiler and Python's interpreter being rather slow. One imagines
that with the restricted hardware available that a slow interpreted
language is the last thing you want, even if it is an exceedingly easy and
powerful one. This is also the first impact I have seen from the open
sourcing of Java.
What makes these choices far reaching is that if OLPC is successful, then
the next generation of programmers will come from an environment that is
Java based, uses bundles/images, and is ubiquitous. This is a vast change
from the C based, package driven, fringe desktop that we live in today."

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