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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.


#20 RealPlayer/Helix Player support

by robla

Wednesday September 17th, 2003 11:44 PM

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I'd like to add that we are collaborating with Sun to create a new, open source media player* for Linux and Solaris, called the Helix Player. For details on this, see the <a href="<https://player.helixcommunity.org>">the Helix Player homepage</a>. This will be a Gtk-based player that should integrate very well into Mozilla. The team is hard at work as we speak on getting the Mozilla plugin working well.

* One caveat: RealAudio and RealVideo and some supporting code for the file format and some protocol enhancements will not be open source. However, these will be supported with binary-only components, and there will be support for purely open source codecs and datatypes such as Ogg Vorbis, JPEGs, and SMIL.

Rob Lanphier <a href="<https://www.helixcommunity.org>">Helix Community Coordinator</a>