This week at the Embedded Systems Conference, Sun released a “fully supported custom port” of Java Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.4.2 for PowerPC Linux. OK, actually it’s an evaluation version, and it’s only for embedded systems. It’s unclear how the embedded Standard Edition differs from the standard Standard Edition available for other architectures, but the “embedded Standard Edition” is apparently not the same as Mobile Edition (J2ME). (If you figure it out, please email the webmaster).

Update: LinuxDevices has figured it out. Among other things, J2ME is licensed only as source code, and lags J2SE in releases.

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