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From Steve Blackburn <Steve.Blackb...@anu.edu.au>
Subject Java OS (was Re: Terminology etc)
Date Sat, 28 May 2005 04:41:31 GMT
Perhaps this needs to go into the FAQ too ;-)

JNode is an OS written in Java

http://jnode.org/

Singularity is an OS written in C#

http://research.microsoft.com/os/singularity/


Both of those projects are exploring the issues Matthew raises.  And 
yes, real-time issues are important.  The implications for GC, for 
example, are very interesting.  Since jnode is open source, you can 
satisfy your curiousity by going to the site and checking out the 
source.  Better yet, download it, build it and run it on your box at home!

Cheers,

--Steve

Matthew French wrote:

>On Thu, 2005-05-26 at 15:43 -0400, Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
>  
>
>>This isn't an immediate goal, but certainly would be something to  
>>keep in mind when architecting ?  I mean, you can certainly see VMs  
>>being incorporated into the OS?
>>    
>>
>
>Hmmm. Interesting...
>
>You are talking about a VM becoming part of the kernel? java.ko? So you
>can now distribute your hardware drivers as Java classes? 
>
>But why stop there. How about making the whole operating system a VM?
>Sure you need some extensions to handle interrupts, DMA, hardware
>registers and the like. But 
>
>Java programs will also start so much quicker.
>
>Making this a real time system could be interesting. :)
>
>Although obviously not a goal for Harmony, I wouldn't be surprised if
>someone is already researching the concept.
>
>- Matthew
>
>  
>


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