java on linux/axp

Randy Chapman (chapman@wilbursoft.com)
Fri, 1 Nov 1996 13:03:46 -0800

} I've come to the conclusion that Linux Alpha (and generally unsupported
} platforms) should insist on getting java ported to it.

Insist? Sun would laugh at you. I, however, would have this
tendencacy to pay attention to a computer arriving at my doorstep =)

However, I've asked before for nothing more than an account on a linux/axp
system with ELF 64, a fast net connection (so I can work from the labs at
school) and at least 100-200 megs of disk space for me to work in. Also, I'd
need the owner of the machine to have a non-commercial source use java license
(it is perhaps legal for me to copy my license to that system, but most likely
not).

There are a lot of issues I'd like to have the chance to work out before anyone
really spends any money on this project... I think the changes for 64 bit
won't be *too* terrible (and Tim Lindholm agrees with me here, so it sounds not
too nasty). However, I also don't have the greatest amount of free time
anymore =(

} And how hard is it to port Java to a given platform? If it takes
} a couple guys about a year to get it to Linux.

I don't forsee a great likelyhood of getting it done within less than two
months with the amount of time I could spend on it. Perhaps without the AWT in
that time, more likely without the garbaage collecter as well. Those are, I
believe, the two biggest problem points in this issue.

--randy

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