"It appears IBM may be quietly preparing to unveil a
Linux-targeted version of their Java Virtual Machine for embedded
systems. Without fanfare, a beta "Linux X86" version has
recently appeared in the IBM J9 VM developer's download zone.
What's this all about?"
"VisualAge Micro Edition is an IBM clean room implementation of
the Java J9 Virtual Machine for embedded systems, developed by IBM
subsidiary Object Technology International Inc (OTI). IBM describes
the product as "a set of virtual machines that efficiently execute
Java bytecodes," plus associated tools and runtime environments.
Other features of the package include Java Native Interface (JNI)
native method support, garbage collection routines, server support
TCP/IP connected devices, optional dynamic class loading from class
or jar files, optional rapid software loading from preprocessed
code files, embedded GUI support (called "MicroView"), plus
additional embedded system oriented class library support...."
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