Sun Desktop Shines on Wal-Mart with Discount Boxes
Sun's Java Desktop System operating system can now be found on the shelves of Wal-Mart stores. According to execs, this low-cost bundle is just the next step in its plan to find new audiences for Java and its desktop platform.MENLO PARK, Calif.Sun Microsystems Inc. got its wish: Its Microsoft Windows alternative Java Desktop System is now available preloaded, on Microtel Computer Systems Inc. hardware, and available for sale at discount retailer Wal-Mart. "We now have an active relationship with Microtel," Jonathan Schwartz, the executive vice president of Suns software group, told reporters at a software day at its campus here. "Sun is a technology provider, and our Java Desktop System is now preloaded on Microtel hardware and available for sale at Wal-Mart for under $300 a system. The Microtel SYSWM8001 PC, with an AMD [Advanced Micro Devices Inc.] Duron 1.6GHz chip and no floppy drive, can be bought for $298 from Wal-Mart now," he said.
eWEEK last December first reported that Sun was negotiating with major retailers Wal-Mart and Office Depot to include its Java Desktop System on consumer PCs and laptops.