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.
#18 Re: Nice piece of marketing bs
Wednesday September 17th, 2003 3:13 PM
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Actually, being MS Office compatible is the most important feature of openoffice, and it doesn't do the job well enough. Even in an entirely openoffice organisation, you still need to send document to people using Microsoft Word.
Of course the real problem is that there is no open standard for office documents, but thats not something sun can change. At the moment .doc is the defacto standard. To compare it to browsers, it is like saying the browser is HTML-compatible.