Notes 8, Java, Mac...

In amongst all the excitement coming out of Lotusphere:

Just to be sure, after the presentation I went right up to the desk to talk to co-presenter Kevin Cavanaugh. He said that he knew he’d be called on it when Penny said that (that with 7.0.2 we have complete parity on the Mac - BP), and he said that he saw my grimace when I heard her say it. I asked him about progress with Java support on the Mac, and he told me that he can’t even promise a solution in 8.0.1, which will be the first Mac release for Hannover.

That’s right. You heard me right. Kevin Cavanaugh could not promise delivery of complete parity for Notes on the Mac platform, even in Notes 8.0.1.

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  1. Of interest to anyone wanting to delve in a little deeper: Dan Steinberg talks about the state of Java on the Mac generally (not that this should impact Java in Notes 8): Poole#
  2. From my admitedly Mac-hostile pov another question is much more interesting:
    How is look and feel of Eclipse in Windows Vista? axel#
  3. What’s “Vista”? :-) Ben Poole#
  4. I really hope they add Java support for the Mac Notes client. It really sucks that they don't have it and may never will.Chris#
  5. Me too. It’s a tricky one. Currently, in the Mac world, there’s a lot of grumbling about the fact that Java 6 isn’t available in a final form from Apple (for those who don’t know, it’s Apple who code all the JVMs for OS X, and not Sun).

    Now, I think that whingeing about that is crazy—at least from those working in the enterprise—who’s actually using Java 6 at this stage!

    (We’re barely on 1.4 JVM).

    To me this indicates a wider issue: that there are challenges in putting together a JVM for OS X… hence the delay from IBM. But damn, ultimately OS X is Unix. It can’t be that insurmountable, surely??Ben Poole#
  6. Whilst we're on the subject of Java 6 and the Mac, an interesting piece taking issue with those clamouring for Java 6 (IBM get a mention too): Poole#

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