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Title: Platform Specific Notes</TITLE>
<H2>Platform Specific Information: <I>Finding a Good JVM</I></H2>
<P>Jython is 100% Pure Java and should run successfully on any
bug-free fully 1.1 or 1.2 compliant JVM.
Unfortunately, such a beast can sometimes be hard to find.
The following is a collection of notes for getting Jython to run (and
run well) on specific OS's and JVM's.
Since performance can also vary considerably across JVM implementations,
this page will also contain information regarding Jython's performance
on different platforms.
<P>This list of platform specific information is clearly incomplete.
If you find this information to be incorrect for your particular platform,
or if you have tips for running Jython on a platform not mentioned
on this page, please send that information to <A REF="mailto:email@example.com">jython-dev</A>.
If your platform is not included in the list below, you might be able
to get useful information from SUN's
<A HREF="http://www.javasoft.com/cgi-bin/java-ports.cgi"> list of
<H3 ALIGN="CENTER">Operating Systems</H3>
Java Development Environment 3.1.1 from SGI</A></H4>
<P>Jython will work with the 3.0.1 version of the JDE (which is based
on the 1.1.3 JVM), but there are a number of significant known bugs
in this release. I strongly recommend using to the 3.1 release on this
<H4><A HREF="http://www.blackdown.org/java-linux.html">JDK 1.1.6 from blackdown.org</A></H4>
<P>There should be no problems running Jython on this JVM.
<P>Mizutori Tetsuya has made available an application called
JPython Runner to make it easier to use JPython on this system.
More details on this system can be found at <A HREF="http://www.bekkoame.ne.jp/~mizutori/java/index.html#jpythonrunner">
JPython Runner for Macintosh</A>.
This link also contains pointers to the lastest JVM for Macintosh.
<P>Hopefully, future releases of Jython will be able to incorporate
either this technology or something like it to make life easier
for Macintosh users.
<H4><A HREF="http://www.sun.com/solaris/jre/index.html">JRE 1.1.6
<P>Solaris 2.6 comes with JDK 1.1.3. The JIT compiler in this release
has a number of serious bugs that can lead to confusing errors.
You can type "java -version" to determine what release
you have installed on your machine. While Jython will generally
work with the 1.1.3 JVM, I strongly recommend that Solaris users
upgrade to this latest version to avoid being bitten by hard to
track down JIT related bugs.
<H3>Windows NT, 95, and 98, Windows 2000</H3>
JDK/JRE 1.3 from SUN</A> <I>(My recommendation for this platform)</I></H4>
<P>This is amoung the fastest of the JVM's for Windows, and it also the
most compatible with the official Java specification. I'd strongly
encourage people to start with this VM, and only consider trying
alternatives if they find performance to be a serious problem for
<H4><A HREF="http://www.microsoft.com/java/">JView from Microsoft</A></H4>
<P>If you have IE 4.0 installed, you almost certainly already have this VM.
Type "jview" at a command prompt to be sure. Note: if the
copyright dates you see when you type "jview" do not include
1998, you have an older VM. Either download a recent version of IE 4.0,
or download the VM directly from the site above.
<P>If you want to write Jython code that takes advantage of Windows
specific functionality (using win32 api's, interacting with COM objects,
...) then this VM will give you all of the platform specific
functionality you could desire.
<H3 ALIGN="CENTER">Cross-Platform JVM's</H3>
<P>Jython does not work with the current version available from transvirtual.
This appears to be both due to some small incompatibilities between this
Java VM and SUN's version, as well as at least one serious issue which is
the lack of a java.math.BigInteger class -- this lack will be a problem for
any VM that only implements the PersonalJava subset of the full Java spec.
It should be possible to get Jython working on this VM if someone has the
time to invest, please let us know if you have any success here or need any help.