The Ubuntu developer community is gearing up to kick off a major change to the Linux operating system that will introduce a new feature to Ubuntu’s developer community that will enable users to run programs written in Java.
The new feature will let developers take advantage of the fact that Java is a programming language that runs in the same sandbox as Linux, the company said in a blog post on Wednesday.
“If you want to write an app that runs on the Ubuntu desktop, but doesn’t need to run on Ubuntu, you can write Java code in the sandbox,” the blog post reads.
“It will work even if the app doesn’t use any of the standard Java APIs or run under the same platform.”
For now, developers are limited to running code written in C or Java.
But the new feature, which will become available to the developer community in the coming weeks, will let them take advantage.
In addition to enabling developers to write their own programs, the new tool will let people write applications that run in an environment that’s not constrained by Java or a sandbox.
“The Ubuntu Developer community is excited to share that we will soon be making it possible to write programs written for Linux in the Linux desktop environment, as well as in the Ubuntu environment,” Ubuntu Software Foundation executive director Matt Clark said in the blog.
“This will allow people to write apps that run under Linux even if they don’t need a full Ubuntu desktop environment to run them.”
The announcement comes a month after Canonical announced that it would be taking a more open stance toward software development.
The company has been working to reduce barriers to entry for developers and encourage the adoption of new technologies by making the Ubuntu software distribution more open and developer friendly.
In January, Canonical unveiled the Ubuntu Developer Edition, a free download for developers that brings together the developer and non-developer communities.
It includes a full suite of tools that allow developers to work on a wide variety of open-source projects and to access the Ubuntu community for support.
Canonical also released a set of tools to help developers manage and update the software in their projects, including a tool for working with third-party packages and an app called Ubuntu Desktop Update.
Canon.com will continue to publish regular updates about the Ubuntu development team’s plans for the coming year.