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Have an ASUS Eee PC?

Worried that framework bloat might cramp your development practices on such a small device? Why not run Groovy and Grails on it! Shown here running Linux, several command shells, a Firefox browser, the Groovy Console, a database, a web container and Grails (which itself includes Hibernate and Spring) all in 512M of memory. And of course it has no (traditional) hard disk, so the whole footprint of Groovy, Grails and Java 6 is just a few hundred meg of the available flash memory.

Installing Java

  • Given the relatively humble processor in the Eee PC, you probably want to use Java 6. Install it as per these instructions. This is a flash memory vs speed trade-off.

Installing Groovy

  • Then download and install the Groovy linux distribution. Ctrl-Alt-T will start up a terminal, then type:

Installing Grails

  • You might also want to grab Grails and install that too by unzipping it or installing the deb from here.

Going further

  • Google and you will find instructions for installing Eclipse and other applications too.
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