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Sun Microsystems Gets an 'A' for the Java Desktop System

Sun Microsystems Gets an 'A' for the Java Desktop System

Delivering on its commitment to provide schools an alternative to expensive and complex computing solutions, Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the rollout of the Sun Java Desktop System to the K-12 and higher education market. The Java Desktop System for Education is an affordable, comprehensive, simple to use and secure enterprise-class desktop solution. It introduces a business model to education institutions that provides a single price of $25 per desktop per year for the desktop software, maintenance, support and training.

The Java Desktop System provides a complete desktop environment of productivity tools for students, which includes an office suite, Web browser, e-mail, calendar, instant messaging and more. In addition, Java Desktop System is the only environment with fully integrated Java technology, making this "out-of-the-box" desktop ready to run thousands of Java technology-based applications with a consistent look and feel. The introduction of the Java Desktop System to the education market builds on Sun's earlier delivery of the Sun Java Enterprise System to education institutions. Java Enterprise System is Sun's radical new approach to reducing cost and complexity of IT infrastructure software by making it simple, predictable, and affordable. It provides all the necessary software components and network services fully integrated as one entity at a price of $50 per full-time faculty member and administrative employee per year.

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durandal 04/20/04 11:23:41 PM EDT

Very true... under OS X, Java is a first class citizen. Java is heavily integrated into the development environment and it just runs great on OS X. On top of that OS X supports all the office goodies that you need to get your job done, like Microsoft Office, Adobe, Dreamweaver, etc. You just get the best of both the Unix, Mac, and Windows worlds. And its rock solid. What else could you want.

Dave Paules 04/20/04 01:01:24 PM EDT

The last statement is not true. Sun is not the only provider of "out-of-box" consumer ready computers that run thousands of Java applications with a consistent look and feel. Apple Computer has led this initiative since Mac OS 10.2 Jaguar, released in 2002. (I would say Apple has done this since Mac OS 10.0 was released, however, most consumers were unwilling to upgrade until Jaguar was released. In fact Apple was unwilling to make OS 10.x the default OS on their computers until Jaguar was released.)

Apple now claims their install base is >50% on OS X