Posted by cayhorstmann
on February 12, 2009 at 9:04 PM PST
In this blog, I reflect on my recent ridiculously anticlimactic Linux install and what relentless progress means in Java EE and SE
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A Thinkpad sale seduced me into
upgrading my laptop. My feeble rationale was that I could stop dual-booting,
use Linux on the new laptop and Vista on the old one. So, I got a shiny new
Thinkpad T500 for under $1,000, blew away Vista Homeless Edition, and installed
Ubuntu Jaunty Alpha 4. I expected the usual fussing with wireless networks,
display adapters, and futile fights to activate exotic peripherals. I was
totally disappointed. Everything, and I mean everything, down
to the webcam, worked after a 30 minute install with one reboot and no fussing.
With an alpha release.
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with the famous words in Linus Torvalds' original Linux announcement: “Do
you pine for the days when men were men and wrote their own device
drivers?” Years ago, I religiously posted pages with my install
experience, such as
href="http://www.horstmann.com/linux-thinkpad-r40.html">this one, filled
with arcane drivel, so that my fellow sufferers could glean a few morsels of
wisdom or at least share the pain.
Now, there would be no point. Installing Linux has become so much easier
>removing the crapware from
pre-installed Vista that it isn't even funny. (No flames please—I am not
saying that you should run Ubuntu. If you run Windows, Mac OS X, OpenSolaris,
Fedora, or whatever, I am sure you have excellent reasons for your choice, and
I am not trying to change your mind.)
So, what's this to do with Java?
My point is that some technologies undergo a relentless process of
continuous improvement that ultimately pays off, and it is easy to be deceived
by all the naysayers who were disappointed by a prior version. As we say in
German: “Was lange w