On Sat, Mar 21, 2009 at 12:51 PM, <email@hidden> wrote:
> --- On Fri, 3/20/09, Tracy Snell <email@hidden> wrote:
>> How are they monopolistic? Controlling their products the
>> way they are is not monopolistic.
> Would you say the same thing if they stopped supporting Java on the OS X platform alltogether?
Yes, I would. Apple does not prevent anyone from shipping Java on the
Mac, but whether they support it or not really should be their own
(Note - cleverly avoided discussing the iphone here.)
Sun provides the JDK for Windows and Linux. Nothing stops them from
providing an SDK for MacOS X. I read Gosling's comment about being
asked not to, but since I _did_ use the pile-o-drek JDK that Sun
initially shipped for MacOS 9, I can see why Apple might have wanted
them to stop. Hint: it was _not_ consumer friendly. If Sun continues
to push open source JDK development, we might see an open JDK appear
to challenge Apple, but it has not happened yet.
I happen to think Java on the Mac is very important. If it goes away,
I cannot do the GWT development that is my day job. I then stop using
a Mac laptop. That said, I do not find it monopolistic for them to
decide what level of spend maximizes user value. More precisely, it
is not monopolistic for Apple to decide whether my business is worth
the cost needed to keep it.
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