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ZDNN: IBM, Sun kill JavaOS for business

Aug 22, 1999, 02:45 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Gage)

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"IBM Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. have ceased development of the JavaOS for Business, the operating system that was supposed to ship on both companies' next-generation thin clients..."

"Both IBM... and Sun... acknowledge they are planning separate Java computing launches next month..."

"Sun is in talks to acquire StarDivision... Sun has standardized on StarOffice internally and offers it free with Solaris 7 for non-commercial use. The suite has a Java front-end suitable for thin clients, and would give Sun an opportunity to co-opt Linux should it choose to do so..."

"Sun could be buying StarDivision with hopes of killing off the Linux suite, or going into the Linux business through the back door. They also would get an NT suite."

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