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The Java Platform has had a rocky year with the acquisition of Sun by Oracle and unfortunate bickering about language release schedules and licensing emerging. Despite all of this the community is strong and extremely innovative use of the platform continues at a great pace.
This talk will cover some of the JVM options available to developers on the Linux platform along with a introduction to the myriad of alternative languages available, some you will have definitely heard of and some not.
I will also give an executive summary of the political side of Java and where I believe the platform is heading.