Requiring Sun Java for No Reason

As we near the completion of Oracle's acquisition of Sun, I've been noticing applications that require Sun's particular implementation of Java despite the fact that I'm using a compliant Java from a different vendor (IBM). I found a bug in jruby which required NetBeans and I even hit a firmware update tool for a printer that would only use Sun's Java!

Kinda defeats the purpose of Java's openness by having apps rely on particular flavors of it, doesn't it?

Josh Poulson

Posted Sunday, Nov 29 2009 10:35 AM

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