vagaries on java varieties

Stuart Jansen sjansen at
Thu Apr 24 01:07:39 MDT 2008

On Thu, 2008-04-24 at 00:58 -0600, Justin Findlay wrote:
> This sounds quite good.  My main complaint against java is that there's
> so many different names, concurrent but apparently conflicting version
> number schemes, environments, specializations, and aftermarket rebundles
> that it's hard to know what to think when someone says 'java' or when
> they want you to 'install java'.  Is that indicative of fragmentation or
> am I just a little naive?

To a certain degree, it's standard operating procedure for a large
proprietary software company. To a larger degree, it's SOP for Sun; they
have a long history not only with Java, but Solaris, iPlanet, and more.

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