Indonesia Adopts JDS on Linux as National Desktop

The country plans to install copies of the open source-based desktop across Indonesia, beginning with its government-affiliated offices. (DesktopLinux.com)

Indonesias Ministry of Research and Technology Thursday said it will implement a Java Desktop System (JDS) on Linux as a national-standard desktop, customed-designed for its own culture.

This desktop software will be a major component of the new Indonesia Goes Open Source (IGOS) program that aims to help eliminate the "digital divide in the worlds largest archipelago," the ministry and Sun Microsystems Inc. said in a joint announcement.

The ministry said it will develop its own IGOS-branded software stack using JDS on Linux as the base platform.

The agreement with Sun—for an unspecified number of years—has the goal of installing copies of the open source-based desktop across Indonesia, beginning with its government-affiliated offices, the ministry said.

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