Jini -- An initiative by Sun Microsystems to allow general network access to all types of devices via a Java Remote Method Invocation. Jini allows devices to be plugged into a network without requiring the network to know in advance what kind of devices might be present. In a Jini network, devices seek out the registration service and register their presence. Software needing a server can search among the devices that have installed themselves.

Thus, for example, a printing device attached to a network via Jini can be moved or replaced without major surgery on the network configuration software.

The equivalent Microsoft initiative is Universal Plug and Play.

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