Third Version on Way
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.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 http://linux.eweek.com for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com Linux news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:
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.