Sun Readies Three Linux Desktop Offerings

Sun is readying three Linux desktops, but Project Looking Glass is probably more than a year away.

Suns upcoming 3D desktop environment, codenamed Project Looking Glass, drew lots of glances at LinuxWorld last month, largely because of advance demos by Computer Associates (CA). However, Sun is planning not just one, but three new offerings in the overall desktop space.

"Well probably move Project Looking Glass into products over the next 12 to 18 months," predicted Peter Ulander, Suns director of marketing for Desktop Solutions, during an interview. About three to six months from now, though, Sun expects to release the Java Desktop Environment (JDE) 2.

Meanwhile, somewhere between these other two time frames, Sun will ship the first Linux thin client software for its server-based Sun Ray technology.

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