Sun Beams Linux/Java at Mobile Phones

Sun's operating system software reference design for mobile phones, JavaFX Mobile, targets multimedia-enabled phones and is the first of several planned media-oriented JavaFX-branded stacks, the company says. (LinuxDevices.com)

Sun will ship a "pre-integrated," GPL-licensable, Linux- and Java-based operating system software reference design for mobile phones, it announced May 8 at its JavaOne conference in San Francisco.

"JavaFX Mobile" targets multimedia-enabled phones, and is the first of several planned media-oriented JavaFX-branded stacks, the company said.

Unlike most Java-enabled phones, which typically rely on the language merely to provide a secure, managed sandbox for user-installed applications, JavaFX Mobile will use Java for almost everything.

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Whereas the Linux component will consist only of a kernel and "low-level services and libraries," Java will be used in everything from the user interface tool kit to telephony and security middleware to user applications such as browsers and media players.

The news follows Suns recent acquisition of SavaJe, and Sun confirmed that Java applications developed by SavaJe for that companys pure-Java mobile phone operating system stack will be integrated into JavaFX Mobile.

Like the SavaJe stack, JavaFX Mobile will be available via OEM license to carriers and consumer electronics manufacturers.

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