Sun Microsystems is shipping its JavaOS 1.0 operating system to licensees for inclusion in their products.
The JavaOS is small, at 2.4Mb, and executes directly on hardware platforms, without requiring any other host operating system, says Curtis Sasaki, product line manager for the JavaOS.
These characteristics well suit the JavaOS for products ranging from hand-held devices to network computers, Sasaki says.
"That gives us the scalability across consumer products all the way up to a network computer," Sasaki says. "JavaOS can fit real nicely in those environments."
The JavaOS runs on both Sun SPARC and Intel Corp. x86 systems, and a version for the StrongARM microprocessor will be ready later this month, officials say.
More than 20 vendors have signed on to receive the JavaOS, to incorporate into products ranging from network computers to hand-held devices to entertainment products, officials said. Products incorporating the JavaOS will be on display at the JavaOne Java Developer Conference in San Francisco from April 2-4, officials say.
Sun is based in Mountain View, California and can be reached on the World Wide Web at http://java.sun.com/.