• Subject: Re: Newbie question
  • From: Jamie Thain <jamie@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 12:41:09 -0300

Eric,

While a Java TN5250 is a good idea, There are alot of machines low 486 class 
that can
be made into reliable 5250 terminals by using console based version of the 
client. If
you install the base TCP/IP services, and disable everything but telnet, and 
LPD, you
have a great terminal that you can print TCP/IP to...

I think this project is valuable on its own merits.

regards:jamie

Eric Strovink wrote:

> Although 5250 emulation for Linux is certainly interesting/useful, has anyone 
>on
> this list investigated building a web client?  There is a commercial product 
>that
> attempts to do so, but it tries to use HTML 3.0, runs into browser
> incompatibilities, and therefore has a list of caveats about 10 miles long.  
>It's
> pretty far from perfect emulation, except for vanilla stuff.  Not that this is
> surprising, given how sucky browsers are in general, and how weak HTML is.  
>I'm
> actually surprised they got as far as they did.
>
> I wonder if there isn't an opportunity to build a Java client that would 
>extend
> the reach of this project to any Java-enabled browser, and would enable us to
> reach both the Linux and Windoze platforms.  Isn't it true that with Java we
> would have enough screen control to handle this?  I'm imagining, for example,
> floating function-key bars and so on that would eliminate the keyboard-mapping
> issues.  I guess I'm energized by the recent release of some decent Java tools
> for Linux.
>
> Thanks for your attention.
>
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