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ComputerWorld: IBM, Sun axe thin-client JavaOS

Aug 24, 1999, 18:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Scannell)

"IBM officials confirmed yesterday the company has discontinued its joint development effort with Sun... to bring to market the JavaOS for Business, a thin-client operating system...

The decision was made, in part, because of the significant performance improvements IBM has made to the Java virtual machine (JVM), particularly on the Windows platform..."

"...IBM officials added that they plan to more aggressively pursue a strategy of placing a version of the JVM on a number of existing operating systems such as Windows Terminal, Linux and their own proprietary operating systems..."

"Another reason for abandoning the JavaOS for Business project was the lack of an industry-standard browser to use with the would-be operating system. Many users would prefer to have just the JVM, which can slap onto Netscape's Navigator or Microsoft's Internet Explorer, IBM officials said yesterday."

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