Solaris and OS X (continued)
There were a whole pile of questions about my previous blog entry,
here are a few quick answers:
- Yes, it was a typo. I meant Lightning, the calendar plugin
- The physical laptop I'm using is a middle-of-the road Sony
VAIO. (Nice, except for the way that the long-life battery hangs
out the butt end).
- Apple's JDK support is a part of my problem, and yes, I have
their JDK6 from the ADC. I've met the folks on the JDK team and
they're trying real hard. It's hard to tell what the fundamental
issue is, but it keeps feeling like the big problem is that
developers aren't the "Target Demographic" :-) iPods are nice,
but they're not the defining center of my life (What's playing on
my iPod now: Springsteen's Magic. "Last to Die" and "Long
Walk Home" are particularly great). I'm not a college student
chatting away (although I have a daughter who is a college
student, but she doesn't chat (at least, not with family)).
- Lots of folks ask "why doesn't sun just do the JDK for Mac?".
The real answer is "because Apple wanted to do it". They've
wanted to do all sorts of customization and integration that only
they could do - because they own the OS.
- But it's not just the JDK. The Solaris folks have really made
huge strides. The two big things in my everyday life are ZFS
and Zones: I just
can't live without them.
- One of the areas that has really progressed in Solaris is
device drivers. It's a much less ragged landscape than it used to