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I have a WinXP system that I would like to use for Java development. I heard that WinXP did not play nice with Java. Anyone hear the same thing?

Any recommendations on whether I should... a. stay with the WinXP OS, b. add an alternate boot to use Linux -or- some other strategy?
 
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My primary OS is OS X (on which Java is a dream come true), but I've had no real problems (other than Windows using those blasted \'s and ;'s) with Java development on an alternate Win2000 box using the Sun JVM and JDK. Whether WinXP throws any monkey wrenches into the mix I couldn't say since I've never used it.
 
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P.S. I'd also say that Linux is a good choice for Java development even if you can get Java running on XP.
 
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I have developed with Java on both Linux and Windows XP and it's about 6 one way half a dozen the other for me. Java seems to perform a bit better on Linux so those IDE's run a little better, but other than that, and if you have a fast system anyway, it's not that different, for me anyway. I would say do on whatever platform you feel most productive.
 
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Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger:
Java seems to perform a bit better on Linux so those IDE's run a little better, but other than that, and if you have a fast system anyway, it's not that different, for me anyway.


Well, experience at work seems to suggest that *Eclipse* runs more stable on Windows.

Ray, you can savely develop in Java on Win XP - I am doing this all day. Just make sure that aren't using the MS JVM by accident...
 
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Thanks to all for your feedback.

I've been interested in Linux. Mostly it is curiosity for curiosity's sake. Other than not being Microsoft, what other benefits are there?

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Windows 2000 and XP have both served well as platforms for my Java development.

As for the benefits of Linux over Windows, generally speaking you get more precise control over your environment. One specific advantage Linux has against Windows is that it really sucks not to have symbolic links on Windows. Another advantage is that the DOS batch script language is a joke compared to Bash on Linux. Oh, and the slashes are indeed backwards but that's a minor complaint.
 
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Thanks. I think the backward slashes are from its Unix heritage.

I may wait on the Linux. Its on my list to look into, it comes down to more things to do than time permits and choosing.
 
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Thanks. I think the backward slashes are from its Unix heritage.


Windows has no Unix heritage. If it did, it would use forward slashes as God intended!
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