How hard would it be to support Java?

Dan Kegel dank at
Sat Mar 18 11:27:06 CST 2006

Christoph wrote:
>>Quite a few apps use embedded JVM's.
>>Case in point: SPSS, one of the apps requested by Munich.
> WTF?
> There is a JVM for Linux available.
> To my mind contact the manufacture of your software and explain to them
> that Java is platform independent ...

As Joris pointed out, many apps are not pure java.
Instead, they are Windows apps that load the
JVM somewhere in the middle, perhaps using
the JNI interface.  Untangling that mess to let
the Windows app part talk to a Linux JVM
would be a can of worms.

Sadly, the only realistic way to get apps like
the SPSS client running on Linux in the next
year or two may be Wine.  And that means
getting Sun's JVM running on Wine.

When you think about it, supporting Sun's JVM
on Wine is a good idea.  That would let us use
Java's regression test suite as an additional Wine
regression test.  This goes for OpenOffice, too.
- Dan

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