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JavaFX 2.0 – no Mac or Linux support?

In early February JavaFX 2.0 preview was released to partners and beta testers. A number of articles and blogs appeared demonstrating the new JavaFX 2.0 API (here, here and here). In general the feedback was very good and everyone is impressed with JavaFX 2.0. I think everyone likes that idea that plain Java again is used to build the UI.

Something that no one has mentioned and surprises me very much is that JavaFX 2.0 will only be supported on Windows, at least at first, according to this interview with Richard Bair, the architect for client software at Oracle. This basically means that you most likely can’t develop or run a JavaFX application on either Mac or Linux. I think it’s a huge problem and will make JavaFX adoption extremely challenging (again).

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Max Katz heads Developer Relations for Appery.io, a cloud-based mobile app platform. He loves trying out new and cool REST APIs in mobile apps. Max is the author of two books “Practical RichFaces” (Apress 2008, 2011), DZone MVB (Most Valuable Blogger), and is a frequent speaker at developer conferences. You can find out what Max is up to on his blog: http://maxkatz.org and Twitter: @maxkatz.