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Re: writing device drivers in Java

From: Thomas Schwinge
Subject: Re: writing device drivers in Java
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 20:58:56 +0200
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[Taking this to bug-hurd, as it's getting technical.  Feel free to drop
help-hurd from the CC list.]


On Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 06:17:12PM +0200, I wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 02:16:40PM +0100, Alexander.Pivovarov@ubs.com wrote:
> > And I think what if build-in JVM into Hurd kernel. This allows people to
> > write device drivers in java
> Would you like to contribute to or even lead this effort?

As people began asking me privately, let me clarify a thing or two here:
it's not that you'd just begin writing device drivers in Java.  No
framework for user-space device drivers exists so far.  This has to be
designed and impemented first, before writing device drivers in Java can
be attempted.

Also, I did not endorse the proposal to write device drivers in Java.
I'm not against it, either.  I just picked up what I was presented with
in Alexander's email.  I think that beginning with some tiny C language
examples will be easier as one is avoiding the not-yet-existing Mach /
MIG RPC call <-> Java interface.

If someone is still interested in working on this user space device
driver effort, then go for it!


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