[OSM-talk] Java and JOSM

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Sun Apr 4 18:59:17 UTC 2021

Excuse me if I missed the point of your post. I use OpenJDK to run JOSM.
OpenJDK is completely open source. JOSM runs just fine in OpenJDK. A while
back I did have an application that would only work on Oracle's Java
forcing me to install software to point each application to the desired
java version. Since that last application upgraded I'm now completely free
of Oracle's java. I'm a Linux user but OpenJDK should work under Windows or
Mac. Oracle's java might have some performance advantages but it's nothing
that hinders my mapping.

I would encourage you and your mapathon users to switch to OpenJDK.


On Sun, Apr 4, 2021 at 11:17 AM John Whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com> wrote:

> The opinion expressed on Oracle is my personal one based on dealing with
> them over ten years in a corporate environment.
> In my experience with mapathons where there is a requirement to map
> buildings and the JOSM buildings_tool plugin would be invaluable the policy
> of a number of companies and government agencies of not to allowing JAVA to
> be installed means those mappers who have brought work lap tops to the
> maparthon are unable to run JOSM which means the quality of buildings
> suffers.
> I don't think there are any lies in the above statements.
> Realistically most programmers would agree that the Microsoft Visual
> development environment is one of the most productive no matter what
> language you are developing in.
> Microsoft of thirty or forty years ago had security problems.  I don't
> dispute that and recommended against the use of a number of their products
> based on security concerns. You may not remember the Word Macro problem
> when a document could run an macro on opening.  Very easy to load in
> malware.  We went a different route at the time and avoided the problems.
> Today Microsoft takes security very seriously, little things like windows
> update is sent out in a torrent like environment which means no matter what
> government would like installed on a particular machine it can't be done as
> there is no way to target a particular machine.
> My ideal OSM editor would native code rather than running in a emulator.
> You don't need the same amount of hardware for a given level of
> performance.  You never know you might even get a decent level of
> performance on a Raspberry Pi.
> Written using Visual Studio, it's very good on the programmer productivity
> side.
> The way in would be someone would write a basic editor and then over time
> add functionality.  I'm sure 10% of JOSM is used much more often than the
> rest of it but that is just day dreaming.  I'm quite certain that JOSM has
> evolved over time by many different authors.  Something rewritten in C#
> might be clearer to understand.
> "Ask Oracle Java Webstart users to switch to OpenWebStart" came up in JOSM
> and I was wondering if that meant we could get rid of Oracle JAVA.  There
> are products such as Kotlin which can replace JAVA completely.
> Anyway time to draw the discussion to a close.  I asked the question and
> found out that JAVA webstart is something different to JAVA and we will
> agree to disagree on whether I lie or not.
> Cheerio John
> Tomas Straupis wrote on 4/4/2021 11:48 AM:
> 2021-04-04, sk 18:04, John Whelan rašė:
>> Purely I don't trust Oracle, JAVA is not permitted on many corporate or
>> US government systems for security reasons.
>  Why are you trying to spread this lie again an again? Microsoft is far
> worse on security and has been taken to court for bad practices numerous
> times.
>   And it would be fun to see ArcGIS being banned for security reasons (its
> server runs on java) 😃
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