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Mad Penguin: Sun's Java Desktop System 2003 Reviewed

Jan 29, 2004, 21:00 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to art4linux for this link. ]

"Since the day I first heard about the possibility of Sun producing a Linux desktop, I was genuinely interested in seeing and testing it when it was released. Well, here is my chance and I am happy to be here reporting back to you. Make no mistake, this is not a Java-based desktop. It is Linux through and through. As a matter of fact, the Sun Java Desktop System (datasheet) is built on top of SUSE LINUX Desktop 1.0. SUSE makes a wonderful desktop in my opinion, so this was a wise choice on Sun's part. Complete with kernel 2.4.19, GNOME 2.2, Mozilla 1.4, Ximian Evolution 1.4, and StarOffice 7 this system should have potential...

"The idea of Sun distributing their own brand of Linux makes sense. They are a UNIX vendor with a long history built on a rock solid proprietary OS. Due to the current climate in the operating system world, it only makes complete sense for them to jump on the Linux bandwagon as it gains momentum. We are at the early stages of something very large and I think Sun knows that. In this respect, Sun has one strong selling point going for them: Brand recognition. Hopefully they can use that to their benefit..."

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