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Last modified: Friday, December 07, 2001 

(pronounced GEE-nee; loosely derived from the Arabic for magician) Software from Sun Microsystems that seeks to simplify the connection and sharing of devices, such as printers and disk drives, on a network. Currently adding such devices to a computer or network requires installation and boot-up, but a device that incorporates Jini will announce itself to the network, provide some details about its capabilities, and immediately become accessible to other devices on the network. Under this technology it would be possible to create distributed computing, whereby capabilities are shared among the machines on a common network. This would allow users to access the power and features of any device on the network and would free the desktop computer from holding all the memory, storage and processing power it needs for any job. For example, if a disk drive on a network had Jini capabilities, any computer on that network could use the drive as though it were its own. Because Jini has the potential to make operating systems incidental to the power of networks, some have seen Jini as an attempt to reduce the influence of Windows.

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Sun's Jini Home Page 
Site devoted to information about Jini. Offers news items, FAQs, white papers, testimonials, specifications, and a mailing list subscription form.

Jini FAQ from Sun
Answers general questions about Jini technology and describes how it works.

Jini White Papers
Collection of white papers about Jini from Sun Microsystems.
Contains information about Jini technology as well as news items, an open forum, and community notes. Hosts a special develpment area where users can exchange source code.

More Than Just Another Pretty Name
SunWorld article (August 1998) with an overview of Jini technology and notes on its future.

The Skinny on Jini
JavaWorld article (August 1998) on how Jini and JavaSpaces will bring distributed computing to Java.

Yahoo!'s Jini page
Yahoo!'s directory of Jini.

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