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Sun\'s Linux desktop sees the light of day

By   |  August 26, 2003

At the Linuxworld conference late last week Sun Microsystems showed of its long-awaited Linux-based desktop software. Called Mad Hatter the new desktop combines Java technologies with the popular Gnome desktop environment. Dumisani Mtoba, senior systems engineer at Sun Microsystems South Africa says the desktop will be compatible with Linux, SunRay as well a Solaris-based machines and is due for general release in September this year.

Mtoba says Mad Hatter also includes Ximian Evolution and the company\’s own StarOffice suite, a new version of which is expected to ship with the release of Project Mad Hatter.

Although pricing has not yet been made available for the Mad Hatter desktop, Sun is pitching the product as undercutting the per-seat costs of its competitors products. Mad Hatter will \”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,\” says Mtoba.

Sun says it will be enhancing its Java technology for the new desktop and all Java applications will be given a native Gnome look and feel. More details on can be found on the Sun website at:


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