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NewsForge: Why Does Sun Call It the 'Java Desktop'?

Sep 23, 2003, 22:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

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"The question didn't enter my mind until I saw it raised on a local LUG mailing list. But a sharp-eyed Luggite noted that Sun's new desktop -- codenamed Mad Hatter but called the Sun Java Desktop in press releases -- runs on Linux, uses GNOME, and runs Evolution for mail. 'Where,' she asked, 'does Java come into the picture...?'

"I had been so hoodwinked by the name that I assumed that either part of GNOME had been ported to Java or that the parts of GNOME they used on the desktop were somehow wrapped in Java so that the desktop could be run on any platform with a JVM. I was dead wrong...'"

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