Mozilla to Form Major Component of Sun Java Desktop System
Tuesday September 16th, 2003
Sun Microsystems today unveiled its Java Desktop System, which will feature Mozilla 1.4 as a major component. Formerly known as Project Mad Hatter, Sun's new software is a complete enterprise desktop solution based on Linux and GNOME. It will cost $100 per user when it ships in December this year, or $50 if bought as an add-on to the Java Enterprise System. As well as Mozilla, the desktop environment also features the StarOffice 7 office suite (also announced today), the Evolution personal information manager (complete with a connector for the Sun ONE Calendar Server), the Jabber instant messaging system and RealPlayer streaming media software. As you might expect, the Java 2 Platform Standard Edition 1.4.2 is included, though the desktop environment as a whole is not Java-based.
#13 Re: aha, this is how the SUN-story goes - interest
Wednesday September 17th, 2003 9:31 AM
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If you'd used recent, high-quality Java client applications on recent hardware you'd know that whether an application uses Java or not makes little or no difference in terms of usability or performance. (Of course, given that there are rather few high-quality Java client applications, it's not surprising that you haven't.)
Sun are shipping non-Java solutions (Linux/X/Gnome, Mozilla, StarOffice) because there *is* no high-quality operating system, Web browser, or office suite written in Java; given that, it's better to use tried-and-tested technology rather than, say, spending gazillions developing entirely new Java-based software.
Additionally, it's hardly surprising to see Sun shipping StarOffice, which they own (and made open-source), or Mozilla, which they have contributed to. I don't see how you can claim that this is in any way 'unfair'; Sun have clearly contributed huge amounts to open-source and free-of-charge software.
You could check, but I would imagine that prices of $50/year do not include full individual support - probably only automated support via websites etc. However, even support via web knowledge base would obviously be better than nothing. The real advantage in buying this product would be to get an out-of-the-box solution that 'just works' because it's a standard configuration.