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Linux.com: Java with Linux

Dec 05, 1999, 18:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Chan)

"Linux is rapidly becoming the server platform to beat. Along with Linux, Java is growing as a viable deployment platform on the server side. Java's ability to run on multiple platforms allows it to integrate at a high level a disparate network of computers, and make it work cohesively as a system. If you're here, you already know why Linux is a great platform. If you're also interested in Java, this article will describe current enterprise/development/deployment uses of Java on Linux, and the support available in Linux, along with IDEs, JVMs, compilers, and links which will get you on your way on finding how Linux with Java can solve your problems."

"Although support for Java on Linux isn't as advanced as other platforms like Windows or Solaris, it is definately the cheapest. There is an assortment of tools that make Linux the definate price winner when it comes to Java on Linux. Scalability is another issue that is continually being improved. Java relies inherently on the underlying JVM and the OS for its speed, and Linux is continually improving on this point. The flexibility of Linux allows such projects like integrating a JVM into the Linux kernel if you wish so that code can have access to system resources in a more timely fashion. This is an advanced topic, that will not be covered in this article."

"The premier supporter of Java on Linux is Blackdown.org. They are supported in part by Sun to develop the port of the Sun java tools to the Linux platform. Their products include the "official" JDK, currently at version 1.1.8 w/ the 1.2 version (Java 2) in beta testing. Other products that Blackdown is in charge of include the international java port, and the "official" JRE."

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