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Sun's Java Desktop System to Support AMD Athlon 64 Processor

Sun's Java Desktop System to Support AMD Athlon 64 Processor

(September 25, 2003) - Sun Microsystems has announced support of the Java Desktop System on the AMD Athlon 64 processor, leveraging the momentum of Sun's Java Desktop System and fulfilling customer demand for an alternative desktop. Sun will provide both 32- and 64-bit Java Desktop System support for the AMD Athlon 64 processor recently announced in San Francisco. Customers in areas such as manufacturing, call centers, and governments will benefit from the system's increased processing and memory power, and enhanced ability to process mixed and digital media as well as graphics-intensive computing.

The Java Desktop System represents the first viable Windows alternative in 15 years, delivering a secure, familiar, affordable desktop solution to enterprise customers for a fraction of the price. The Java Desktop System includes a full desktop environment, a seamlessly interoperable StarOffice 7 productivity suite, the latest release of the J2SE platform, an innovative windowing environment, the popular Mozilla browser and an integrated Linux operating system plus e-mail, calendaring and instant messaging applications able to run customers' existing x86-compatible hardware.

"By ruthlessly focusing on compatibility and interoperability, Sun's Java Desktop System represents the industry's first alternative to the Microsoft Windows desktop," said Jonathan Schwartz, EVP Software. "Sun believes both Linux and Solaris play a strong role in the evolution of a reinvigorated desktop and workstation environment - with AMD Athlon 64 processor support for the Java Desktop System, we'll be delivering on our promise to provide a unique, multi-platform solution that reduces cost and complexity, while driving performance and innovation. Windows of opportunity are opening."

The AMD Athlon 64 processor for desktops and notebooks is designed for high-performance computing and wireless connectivity. The processor is both 64-bit capable and completely 32-bit compatible, making the Java Desktop also available to these platforms.

Recently launched at the SunNetwork Conference, the Java Desktop System is a comprehensive, secure, highly affordable enterprise desktop solution that is simple to use and works with existing infrastructure. Key features include a well-defined, integrated look and feel, familiar desktop themes, as well as document and printing interoperability with Linux, Solaris and Windows environments.

U.S. list price for the Java Desktop System is priced annually at $100 per desktop user or $50 per employee for existing Java Enterprise System customers. The Java Desktop System will be available in the fourth quarter of this year. For a limited time, Sun will offer an aggressive trade-up program: by providing Sun their proof of purchase to their existing desktop environment, qualified users will be able to purchase the Java Desktop System for $50.

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Paul 09/30/03 06:42:18 PM EDT

I think the FAQ on the Java Desktop System says exactly why the name was chosen:

"Java technology plays a very important role in the Java Desktop System ..."

Realistically, Java probably plays a very small role. But Sun is communicating to the Java developers - "this platform is for you, go to town". They are just tapping into the millions (whatever the number is now) of current Java developers out there. It's not a bad idea especially with all the press about Microsoft's Win OS having many security flaws. (Which let's be honest, if Red-Hat Linux were as popular as Windows - just as many security flaws would be uncovered in Red-Hat Linux.)
I look at it as just one more platform for we Java developers to run our innovative Java software on ;)

Dave 09/28/03 08:17:38 PM EDT

It may be just another Linux distro, but it will be a Linux distro backed by SUN. It will obviously be integrated with all of SUN's products so it will actually be Linux with SUN's Java, StarOffice and other goodies.

If SUN did not try to combine all its products seemlessly into one product for desktop users they would be very stupid and ignoring one of the biggest complaints from Java developers for a long time.

Thiru 09/27/03 01:41:48 AM EDT

It is certainly a good idea to add another distro into the basket of other Linux variants. That's what it looks like at the first instance. But my question is if the use of Java in the name relevant or it is an idea emerged from Sun's marketing team :).

Java dude 09/26/03 07:30:35 PM EDT

Pure dribble from Sun's lame marketing machine

Corey C 09/26/03 01:16:37 PM EDT

Based on the statement, "U.S. list price for the Java Desktop System is priced annually at $100 per desktop..." does this mean I would renew my license annually? If so, I would be losing money on the fourth year when compared to Microsoft's Windows XP Pro full-version price of $299.
Please clarify.

09/26/03 10:52:59 AM EDT

Sun, think about this.

If you gain a portion of the desktop market, you will no longer be able to bring court action against microsoft.

Or have you realized that the current administration is pro business and not "pro cry about it not being fair" as with other administrations.

It is refreshing that sun is working on new strategies to re-tool their business in a fighting manner.

Work on easier ways to develop and deploy applications and they will come.

Take a page out of Microsoft's play book.