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on October 15, 2007 at 7:51 AM PDT
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James Gosling ends his Mac-using era
Cited on an Apple PR page for his use and evangelism of Mac OS X, and having written that he "tend[s] to think of OSX and Linux with QA and Taste", James Gosling says he's moving on.
His latest blog compares Solaris and OSX , and he explains why he's now chosen the former over the latter.
I loved Tom Yeager's article The next best thing to OS X . As several people have noticed at my talks over the past few months, I no longer carry a Mac laptop. As much as I love the Mac's eye candy, it really hasn't been keeping up as a developer's machine - their attention has clearly been elsewhere. Meanwhile, the Solaris folks have made huge strides in Solaris's usability on a laptop with recent Nevada builds: the latest Gnome is quite lovely. Firefox, Thunderbird and Silverlight kick ass. The new installer is totally slick. The nwam (network automagic) service makes network hassles almost totally disappear. And Java, NetBeans and Glassfish go like the wind! It's amazing how fast things run.
Of course, when he says the Mac "hasn't been keeping up as a developer's machine", he specifically means as a Java developer's machine, which gets into the long-discussed and agonized-over issue of the absence of Java SE 6 from the platform, and the apparent fact that it will only be available in the yet-to-be-released OS X 10.5 ("Leopard"), trailing its release for Windows, Solaris, and Linux by more than 10 months now.
On the other hand, Dr. Gosling also admits that Solaris won't put his laptop into hibernate mode when he shuts the lid.
So, OS X to Solaris: good idea, bad idea, practical necessity, or what? Chime in here, or back on his original blog.
Also in today's Weblogs , Arun