Third Version on Way

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-04-22 Print this article Print

Sasaki said the number of applications already certified for JDS is small so far, but that thousands of Java applications worked automatically and Sun is in the process of working with those developers to test them on its JDS. Sun now boasts more than 21 OEM partners for its desktop alternatives, including companies such as Microtel Computer Systems Inc., which sells personal computers bundled with the Java Desktop System at Wal-Mart online; Sourcenext Corp., a leading Japanese computer products distributor; and Markement GmbH, a German partner.
Wal-Mart customers can choose from a number of Microtel configurations running the JDS at prices ranging from $298 to $698. The systems are available with an AMD or Intel processor running at 1.6GHz to 3.0 GHz. The Java Desktop System/Microtel PC is available at Wal-Marts Web site.
Rich Hindman, a vice president at Microtel, said that by offering the Java Desktop System with its PCs, it is delivering alternative products to a new class of desktop users. HP and Novell are working together on bringing Linux to the desktop. Click here for more. Mark Johnston, president and CEO at Tadpole Computer Inc., said the Java Desktop System and Sun Ray technology allowed it to "offer our government customers in the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines, as well as enterprises, a tightly integrated and tuned environment that will lower costs, deliver mobility with security, and has the software and support breadth to scale to our customers mobile needs." Suns Sasaki also told eWEEK that a third version of the desktop system is planned for this fall and will include updates to the latest versions of GNOME, new versions of the browser and "lots of other things. There will also be a Solaris version of JDS this fall," he said. Check out eWEEK.coms Linux & Open Source Center at for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis. Be sure to add our Linux news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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