Linux and Java are the two biggest software success stories of the past few years, but the father of Linux said at Comdex/Spring that he has been disappointed by Java.
"When Java came out, I bought into the hype," said Linus Torvalds in his keynote on Monday, "Then it got screwed up."
Torvalds said that Java, "has lost much of its potential, partly because of the way Sun has handled it." But he also blamed the legal bickering between Sun and Microsoft.
"It won't be 'write once, run anywhere'," Torvalds concluded.
Java applications will run on the Linux platform, but Linux advocates have generally attempted to get software vendors to port their applications natively to Linux, rather than to Java.
Earlier in his keynote speech, Torvalds had said that he did believe in the concept of portable software.
"In a few years I would be happy if Linux was just one of many operating systems, and they all ran the same binaries," said Torvalds.
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