Suns Latest Plan: Project Mad Hatter
The plan essentially aims to bring to market a Linux desktop that is tied to a server.SAN FRANCISCOSun Microsystems, Inc. on Wednesday announced "Project Mad Hatter," its plan to essentially bring to market a Linux desktop that is tied to a server. Sun executives also made clear that the goal of the offering, as with their ongoing plan to bundle components of the SunONE stack into the Solaris operating environment, is to drive server sales. The new client desktop, which is expected to be widely available in the first quarter of next year, will bring together off-the-shelf hardware, such as its Sun Ray thin client as the interface or a standard low-end desktop PC and open-source technologynamely the Linux operating system, the Mozilla browser, OpenOffice, the Evolution e-mail client and the GNOME desktop environment.
But Sun executives would not give any details on pricing for the new offering or reveal which OEM would supply the non-Sun hardware component. "All the major PC OEMs are interested, but we are not going to add value to that component," said Mark Tolliver, Suns chief strategy officer.