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NewsForge: The GNU Compiler for Java Comes of Age

Jun 09, 2005, 18:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"The GNU Compiler for Java (GCJ), a free software implementation of Java, has been in development for seven years, but with the Free Software Foundation's recent call for volunteers, the project is suddenly receiving more attention than ever before. For many, GCJ is seen as a means of ensuring that the next version of OpenOffice.org does not require non-free versions of Java for full functionality. Yet the scope of the project goes far beyond this immediate need.

"Part of the larger GNU Compiler Collection (GCC), GCJ consists of three parts: gcj, a compiler that converts Java code into machine language; libgcj, a collection of standard Java class libraries; and GIJ (GNU Interpreter for Java), a Java virtual machine (JVM)..."

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