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.
#21 "High-quality Java client applications"
Thursday September 18th, 2003 9:34 PM
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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.)"
Whether software exists at all does have a considerable impact on its usability. Just IMO.
(Less amusingly, ensuring acceptable responsiveness on old hardware -- even things like using busy cursors when appropriate -- also improves usability on recent hardware.)