And the feedback I've seen from developers is that they are very happy with the performance of the 6 beta. Still quite like to know what is in 6 that isn't in 5 that will make *users* complain.
That's the point; if you annoy your developers, then you will have no users.
The biggest problem with the Mac isn't that these apps don't exist - it is that they are really hard to find.
Er .. no .. they don't exist. And when someone recommends a replacement, it usually comes up short in a number of areas (though it will almost invariably look very nice).
It could be that I'm just something of a power user, as opposed to a consumer, and so I spend most of my time in Windows.
Which is fair enough; no OS can be all things to all people.
James Gosling? The Sun employee? Erm... sounds like he did it just to get Zones and ZFS
No, I meant James Gosling; the highly respected one-time Mac fan who was responsible for bringing a lot of developers to the platform.
It isn't as loved as much as it once was, you're right.... by lots of people, I worked with Java from 1996 to 2002 so I know how the JavaLove fades over time. I recently started looking again, and one of the things I was interested in was Quicktime Java (QT itself is huuuge) but I've no confidence it'll still be around in 24 months time.
You're still missing the point. Java on the desktop was a non-starter, so I really don't believe that it is a big loss for anyone if Apple is not really supporting it. But when they say one thing, then turn around and say something else a few months later, then who can trust them?
Oh, and the differences between Java 5 and 6. For me, better support for scripting languages (Groovy) and improvements to the security model; number #2 may be something that Apple doesn't feel should be available to older versions of the OS.