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Windows XP SP1a Released

Microsoft have unleashed Windows XP SP1a, a replacement for SP1. If you already have SP1, you won’t need it, but if you don’t, then this is all you will be able to download.
The reasons for releasing it appear to be more political than useful – the differences between the two are that SP1a doesn’t have Microsoft’s Java Virtual Machine in it. It’s therefore probably related to MS’s recent settlement with Sun over the inclusion of Java technology in Windows. MSKB 813926 has full details about the differences between the two.
Personllay, I prefer MS’s implementation of the Java VM, if only because it is faster than Sun’s JRE. I know computers are getting faster all the time, and that Sun is more of a Unix company that a Wintel one, but it’d be nice to have a more efficient Java platform. That way, more people might use it.
Of course, this isn’t the first time I’ve ranted about this – I also got on my soapbox three months ago over the subject of Java’s speed.

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