Java Desktop for X Window

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What is the point of using JNI and Java to create a desktop?
The main reason for this design decision is the productivity that Java offers. Creating a native window manager such as TWM would take about 3 to 6 months depending on your familiarity with X. But with a set of proper design patterns using Java, an average Java developer can create the same type of TWM window manager within 3 to 6 weeks, again depending on their familiarity with Java and JD4X. It took only 3 days to create the first Java window manager for JD4X. The improved productivity will enable the Java desktop developer to concentrate on other more critical areas of designing a user desktop.

Why is X Window used as the project name instead of X?
The reason we use X Window is because we recognize that JD4X can be used in Windows as well as Linux. However, JD4X has not been ported to Windows yet. A large portion of the Java code base can be reused for any OS as long as Java is supported, only a small set of modules need to be ported. Therefore, X Window should be read as X and Windows and not just the X window system. To avoid trademark issues, we left out the "s" to make window a generic term. In short, we are just trying to describe the project in the shortest and most accurate way.

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