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Sep 16, 2003, 15:00 (8 Talkback[s])
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AP/Raleigh News & Observer: Sun Unveiling Open-Source Windows Substitute

"In a move aimed squarely at Microsoft Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc. on Tuesday will unveil a suite of software for businesses that want to dump--or just can't afford--the Windows operating system on their companies' desktop computers.

"The Sun Java Desktop system, which was formerly code-named Mad Hatter, runs on the open-source Linux operating system and includes a variety of programs that replace Microsoft's Internet browser, productivity suite and other parts of the Windows package..."

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OSNews: Java Desktop System: First Impressions on Sun's Linux

"The distribution is based on SuSE 8.2 and not on Red Hat Linux as it was originally said about a year ago. Yast2 and other SuSE/administrative utilities are only accessible via the command line and not from the graphical menu system. The desktop is based on Gnome 2.2, though Sun's engineers have tweaked it quite a bit. The menu layout is different from what you normally get with a stock Gnome or Red Hat installation, and is actually pretty close to the Win9x/ME model.

"Sun has worked on its own UI theme and it's filled with Sun's corporate colors. While a unique theme from Sun for its Linux is welcome, this theme (especially the Metacity part) does not cut it by modern standards. Usability aside, it is not particularly attractive theme. For the sake of differentiation, Sun could have put a bit more artistic innovation there. What's more, Sun is planning on using this exact same desktop design for the upcoming Solaris version too (which is a move that actually makes sense strategically-speaking)..."

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