New CPU & OS Platform System Properties Updated

Mike Swingler swingler at
Tue Feb 12 08:47:10 PST 2013

On Feb 12, 2013, at 8:16 AM, mark.reinhold at wrote:

>> 2. OpenJDK community feedback.  Mike Swingler from Apple agrees with my
>> position that Android is a variant.
> I respectfully disagree.  Android is based on a Linux kernel but the
> userland is entirely different.  The name of the property is "",
> not "".

To be clear, I only mentioned that the "os.variant" scheme only made more sense for Linux than claiming that iOS is variant of OS X. My point was also predicated on ensuring that "os.version" would be linked to the Linux kernel version. I only asserted strongly that the variant scheme made no sense for iOS vs. OS X, and only conceded that it might make sense for Android vs. Linux.

Mike Swingler
Apple Inc.

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