Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86, ARM, PowerPC, SPARC
Based on: Chorus
The last version | Released: 1999
JavaOS – a closed source, based on a Java virtual machine, and written in Java operating system developed by Sun Microsystems. JavaOS is a highly compact operating system designed to run Java applications directly on microprocessors in anything from net computers to pagers.
JavaOS brings the design advantages of the Java™ programming language to an operating system. As perhaps the smallest and fastest OS that runs Java, JavaOS enables Java on a broad range of devices. JavaOS will run equally well on a network computer, a PDA, a printer, a game machine, cellular telephone, or countless other devices that require a very compact OS and the ability to run Java.
In addition, JavaOS has been built to be fully ROMable for embedded applications, and can run with as little as 512K ROM and 256K RAM. For network computers, an entire system with JavaOS, the HotJava™ Browser and space for downloading Web content and applets requires only 3MB ROM and 4MB RAM. JavaOS can be this small because it is almost completely written in Java.
JavaSoft, headquartered in Cupertino, CA, is an operating company of Sun Microsystems Inc. The company’s mission is to develop, market and support the Java technology and products based on it. Java supports networked applications and enables developers to write applications once that will run on any machine. JavaSoft develops applications, tools and systems platforms to further enhance Java as the programming standard for complex networks such as the Internet and corporate intranets.
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