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[aprssig] Rant - Cross platform portability

Brian Riley brianbr at mac.com
Mon Sep 18 14:47:10 UTC 2006


I would point out the LimeWire is a java app and its distribution to  
'clueless end-users' is both enormous and quite successful.


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On Sep 18, 2006, at 9:20 AM, Rich Mulvey wrote:

>   Now, on this I have to disagree, at least when it comes to  
> certain Java applications.  Deploying Java apps to the end-user can  
> be a total PITA.  WebStart systems are one way - but IME a lot of  
> users are so far behind the technology curve that they don't have  
> browsers set up for it.  I've found that even having a web page  
> with direct links to a JRE, and telling them "Download this, run  
> it, and you'll be ready to go" is an exercise best suited for a  
> masochist.  My experience with free cross-platform Java application  
> packager/installers is that they haven't tended to work  
> particularly well, though, admittedly, the last time I surveyed  
> them was about two years ago.





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