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lproven: I've not seriously used RISC OS in years, I use it as a toy hobby platform. Java is /not/ widely used in applications. OpenOffice's build system depends on it, and a handful of the more rarely-used features do, but in general the runtime does not - and you'd not want to natively build OpenOffice on RISC OS kit anyway - it'd take months. I've already mentioned the Eclipse IDE in this discussion, and suggested that running it along with the build tool chain tools in 512MB is going to be unpleasant - it's not the fastest piece of software on modern PCs. Windows doesn't come with Java by default these days, and most users don't notice. What they would notice missing much more is if Flash wasn't bundled.

Things RISC OS needs to make Java more sensible: An overhaul of the OS, including support for more memory, good solid support for threading, a file system that isn't an embarrassment, and hardware that isn't so slow. Now, I doubt many of those things are going to happen any time soon. Flash doesn't stress the system anywhere near as much, as well as being much more widely used. Without it, web browsing on RISC OS is almost a laughing stock.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 23/9/07 12:10PM
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