Java and Linux

Welcome to an issue of Linux Magazine with special focus on the co-dependence of Linux and Java. Regular readers of LM know that I believe that Linux and Java need each other, and this issue is a dedicated attempt to help bring the two communities closer together. Actually, given the enormous overlap that already exists between the two communities, I suppose it would be more accurate to say that this issue represents an attempt to reflect that overlap in a public fashion.

Welcome to an issue of Linux Magazine with special focus on the co-dependence of Linux and Java. Regular readers of LM know that I believe that Linux and Java need each other, and this issue is a dedicated attempt to help bring the two communities closer together. Actually, given the enormous overlap that already exists between the two communities, I suppose it would be more accurate to say that this issue represents an attempt to reflect that overlap in a public fashion.

In fact, when I wrote about Java and Linux in our October 2001 issue, I received feedback from members of the community that had been pushing this agenda for longer than I had.

Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001

From: Marc Boorshtein

To: editors@linux-mag.com

Subject: What about the community?

I was very glad to see that a tomcat was featured on the cover of the October issue of Linux Magazine, and that the editorial was centered on the future co-dependence of Java and Linux. However, several people in the community (including myself) have been making this point for a while now. There have been editorials on Freshmeat (located at http://freshmeat.net/articles/view/266/) which I authored, and also on LinuxToday (located at http://linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2001-08-13-009-20-OP) which was written by Ganesh Prasad.

To my dismay, I have to claim some ignorance here. Before receiving this e-mail, I was not fully aware of the grassroots movement interested in advancing this agenda. And here I had thought I was such a genius for being the first to recognize this. Oh well.

I found Prasad’s piece to be especially interesting, as he dwells on many of the same issues that have occupied our thoughts (and pages) here at LM. Most specifically, he’s concerned with the complacency of the open source community. Meanwhile, Microsoft is shifting the battle to a new level with their focus on Web Services.

I’ve never spoken to Prasad personally, but I completely agree with him. One of the reasons Linux and Java need each other is that only together can they effectively compete against Microsoft’s initiatives in this area. And beyond just bringing the communities together, there’s still much work needed to provide tools that will allow Linux and Java developers to easily create services as rich as those that can be created in a Microsoft environment.

Fortunately, the belief that Linux and Java are co-dependent does not appear to be held by only Boorshtein, Prasad, and myself — IBM seems to have recognized that this is a necessary element of its open source strategy.

Last month in this column, I mentioned IBM’s Eclipse project (http://www.eclipse.org). Eclipse is an open source IDE that looks like it could end up patching many of the holes in the current Linux/Java situation. However, IBM is trying to do more than just merge the Java and Linux worlds — they’re also building an open source development process around Eclipse that’s bringing many developer-tool companies into the fold.

Which brings us back to where we started. We here at Linux Magazine continue to try to do everything we can to expand the horizons of the open source community and expand the opportunities for Linux. We believe that encouraging the Linux and Java communities to work closer together and to develop tools Linux and Java need to compete effectively in emerging markets represents the best way to do that.

See you next month,


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