What is it?
The Jesktop project is a desktop system written in Java that can have GUI applications installed into it. It is semi-dependant upon NanoContainer which is a component framework at Codehaus. NanoContainer and Constructor Dependency Injection are going to change the way we think of Java based component computing.
Jesktop has been under construction since November 2000. It's team was founded by people building William's Portable Java Environment (PJE) since early 2000.
Simply put, Java allows a number of different hardware chipsets and configurations to run the same "executable". It allows those multitude of configurations to sepcify their own contstraints (Java's exceptionally fine grained permissions architecture) for applications that are loaded into the machine and know that app, never before seen by that machine can never exceed it's authority.
Assuming that the hardware power needed to run the JVM is available sometime soon, we see all of the following being able to have Jesktop installed:
You may want to checkout SAVAJE who are doing something very similar, but commercial.
Jesktop and NanoContainer work within the confines of Sun's JDK implementation. If there are classes needed that are not supplied by the JDK, then they are written either as part of the project or in a seperate jar. We are not seeking to replace or re-write JDK packages, we'll use what Sun provide. If there is something that is needed (in our opinion) in the JDK, then we'll use the bug parade and community process to raise the issue. We are not seeking to use clean-room JVMs, we'll use virtual machines from Sun, IBM, Blackdown etc as long as they are J2SE compatible. We are not trying to coerce traditional main() applications to run inside Jesktop. For various reasons, we have specified a different (but not incompatible) mechanism than the standalone "main" concept.
WARNING: This software is not unit tested status at the moment. A lot works, but there are usability issues for some of the apps that are built in or bundled. Please don't expect a bullet-proof experience at this stage, it's just a work in progress. Help needed to work on this!!!!
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