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Comment: Update for 3.1.2; provide a clearer picture of what we really support

Well-supported platforms

The Jikes RVM version 23.91.0 2 runs on the following systems:

  • IA-32 Linux®
  • PowerPC 32 and 64 AIX
  • PowerPC 32 and 64 Linux®

The Jikes RVM version 2.4.6 ran on the following additional platform:

  • PowerPC 32 OS X

We expect the next versions of the Jikes RVM to also to support this platform.

Regression tests are regularly run for these platforms.

Less well-supported platforms

We also support the following operating systems:

  • OS X
  • Solaris

We rely on the help of the communtiy to provide support for these platforms because we do not have any regression machines for them. Jikes RVM on Solaris may not work out-of-the-box as it does not seem to get much use.

Currently unsupported platforms


  • x64 is currently not supported. Jikes RVM can be built on x64 using IA32 and 32-bit addressing (e.g. with the x86_64-linux configuration). Work on an implementation for x64 has been started.
  • ARM architectures are not supported at all. To our knowledge, there is no publicly available code of a Jikes RVM ARM port. If you are interested in an ARM port, please open an issue in our bugtracker. You can also try to contact Jeremy Singer, who offered to mentor the GSoC 2012 project for an ARM port.
  • There are no plans to support other architectures at this time.

Operating Systems

  • Windows is currently not supported. If you are interested in support for Windows, you can take a look at Metacircular Research Platform, a fork of the Jikes RVM. It provides support for building on Windows (using the class libraries from the now retired Apache Harmony project).