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Sun's Innovations Leveraging Java and Linux: Jonathan Schwartz Keynotes at LinuxWorld

Sun's Innovations Leveraging Java and Linux: Jonathan Schwartz Keynotes at LinuxWorld

(August 11, 2003) - In a keynote speech at LinuxWorld last week, Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's executive vice president of software at Sun Microsystems, Inc., challenged the status quo in personal computing with the unveiling of a new Linux-based alternative desktop and Java-based innovations that will expand the user experience.

During his keynote, Schwartz previewed -- for the first time publicly-- Project Mad Hatter, Sun's fully-integrated open desktop environment for Linux, Solaris, and SunRay deployments that includes Java technology, the GNOME desktop environment, Ximian Evolution, and Sun's StarOffice productivity suite. Sun's alternative desktop, due later this year, will deliver dramatically lower per-seat costs in business environments while delivering familiar look and feel, interoperability and comparable functionality to the typical PC more securely. Schwartz also showed the future of this effort when he demonstrated a three-dimensional evolution of the desktop built entirely in Java on Linux. Sun will formally launch Project Mad Hatter at its SunNetwork conference in September 2003.

"Project Mad Hatter will change the economics, definition and experience of desktop computing," said Schwartz. "But this is only the beginning. The combination of Java and Linux is a driving force - bringing network services to 1.2 billion devices supported by over 3 million developers. Our Linux strategy is to leverage the powerful combination of Java and Linux to open and grow new markets for network computing."

Finally, Schwartz reaffirmed Sun's commitment to open communities and open standards by detailing its contribution of over 8 million lines of code to the open source community, driving participation in OpenOffice.org, Mozilla.org, java.net and its recent membership in the Open Source Development Lab (ODSL).

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Nathan Chilton 08/12/03 03:32:05 PM EDT

I was at the LinuxWorld Expo and saw this keynote by Jonathan Schwartz. The presentation was very impressive and one of the most exciting parts (the only thing to make my jaw drop) was the demonstration of LookingGlass -- an experimental 3D desktop for linux. It was amazing! But who thought it was written in Java?! I love Java and I love Linux and I was blown away by this totally new desktop, but it was NOT written in Java. Sorry, it just wasn't.

Alan 08/12/03 02:58:49 PM EDT

As much as I would like to see some additional diversity in the desktop OS world, I have to agree with Mark on this. Hopefully the appropriate ventures are in place so that the PC Vendors and developers are pressing foward to create another competitive OS package in the market.

Mark 08/12/03 09:58:32 AM EDT

I think it is great that someone is, once again, trying to compete with microsoft in the OS/Desktop world. I hope that they have learned something from IBM (OS/2), as well as themselves from previous attempts trying to gain desktop marketshare. No matter how great the OS is, no matter how great the interface looks, even no matter how easy it is to use, NO ONE will buy it if there are no applications for it and you don't get the pc vendors on board.

John Hebert 08/12/03 09:56:03 AM EDT

I've mentioned to friends and colleagues in the past that Sun was the ideal company to provide the lead role in the Desktop Linux area. So, I'm very excited to see my prediction coming true! I think that because of the greater flexibility and configurability of the Linux desktop environment, the advantages will make themselves obvious over the relative inflexibility of the Windows desktop.

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