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Java for DOS?

Pat Moran

Joined: Feb 11, 2004
Posts: 20
I was talking with a friend of mine recently who supports a wide variety of (programmable) lab equipment. He will be using Java in the future to "program" some of these systems, the more modern systems using XP. A few of these systems are VERY old - 8088 and 286 based PCs running DOS. He asked me if Java was available for DOS. I told him I didn't know.

Does anyone know if there are any versions of javac and java available for DOS? If so, what version(s)? What are the minimum system requirements? Where can they be found for download?

Thanks in advance.


Mark Vedder
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Joined: Dec 17, 2003
Posts: 624 does list, on their page of "other" JVMs, a link to the Taurus JavaVM Project for which there is a DOS version. Not sure of its abilities or compatibilities. You can also try Googling [DOS JVM] and [DOS Java Virtual Machine] and see what you come up with.
[ December 05, 2008: Message edited by: Mark Vedder ]
Pat Moran

Joined: Feb 11, 2004
Posts: 20
Thank you, Mark. Now I know that it is worth some additional research, which I will definitely do.

Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42965
The Sun JREs never supported DOS. But Kaffe claims to do so. I have no idea about the extent of it, but would guess that it's pretty limited. Plus, you'd also need class libraries for the JVM to be useful.
[ December 08, 2008: Message edited by: Ulf Dittmer ]
I agree. Here's the link:
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