[conspire] SableVM and (firefox) browser plugins?
rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Oct 6 15:13:34 PDT 2005
Quoting Eric De Mund (ead-conspire at ixian.com), writing for Peter
> Thanks for this tip, back in July. Say, I'm having trouble figuring out
> how to get mozilla firefox to use a sable runtime environment as a
> plugin. Can you point me in the right direction? I'm concluding from a
> web search that this might not even be supported by sable, but your
> note, above, seems to indicate otherwise.
Eric, just because something proclaims itself a JRE doesn't mean it'll
function as a Mozilla plug-in.
Mozilla's software interface for such add-ins is the Open JVM
Integration (OJI) specification. Canonical information on that spec is
That page leans rather annoyingly heavily (considering Mozilla being an
open source project'n'all) towards providing information on _only_ Sun's
proprietary, binary-only JRE for the OJI interface. A cynic would point
to the proponderance of Sun employees in the OJI sub-project, as a
candidate explanation -- but, in any event, shame on them: They should
highlight _all_ OJI projects -- if only to say "Project [foo] OJI has not
yet released code as of Blah Blah 2005 [link]."
Since they're not showing hardly any of the expected leadership, it'll
have to be furnished by the likes of you and me. So:
I have a "Java" item in my knowledgebase about open-source Java tools on
Linux, linked from http://linuxmafia.com/kb/Devtools/ . Here are the
The Japhar JRE now works with that interface:
The Hungry Programmers' group in San Francisco, authors of Japhar,
are still disorganised in the wake of the FBI and Secret Service's
apparently mistaken early-morning seizure of all of their computing
equipment in January 2004, as part of an (apparently) botched
investigation of proprietary software bootlegging. It took them a
very long time to get their gear and data back (some was never returned),
and their losses in the interval included the japhar.org domain, now
used for porn hosting.
Allows use of the Kaffe JVM as a Mozilla plug-in.
Fuji is intended to eventually be an OJI for Mozilla, based on the GNU
JRE, libgcj. At this date (2005-10-06), it's still in planning stages.
I see no indication of an OJI wrapper for SableVM. If you hear of one,
please let me know.
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