CORBA's not boring yet. / XML in an OS?

Tyler Baker tyler at
Mon Feb 8 15:55:16 GMT 1999

Robb Shecter wrote:

> Tyler Baker wrote:
> > I wrote:
> > >...this month's Linux Journal -
> > > it describes how -both- up and coming desktop environments are basing
> > > major parts of their architectures on CORBA.  KDE's so cool it makes me
> > > want to learn C++. :)
> >
> > > Prediction:  In 3 years, half the people on this list will be using a
> > > corba-based desktop environment.
> >
> > Not likely.  My biggest problem with CORBA was that it was too huge for the client and
> > consumed too many resources.
> Actually, I was implying that half of us will be using Linux, and therefore Corba, because it's
> now in the desktop environments.  I -was- exagerating, but I think it's not extreme to predict
> that in 2-3 years Linux (with KDE or GNOME) will have broken out of the hacker-only world, and
> onto the desktop.

After not using Linux since my college days, I bought I copy of RedHat 5.2 last weekend.  I would
be using Linux already except that the JDK for Linux (Kaffe) has not been up to speed with Java 2
(that I think is mostly SUN's fault).  Kaffe is a great VM and the work that TransVirtual is doing
with Java has been very impressive.  I am not so sure about your latter statement though.  That is
more a function of marketing than anything.  Linux is a lot easier to install and is a lot easier
to use, but it still is not what I would consider "dumb" enough for the masses who use Windows 98
and the IMac.


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