Sun to unveil alternative to Windows desktop

By Julio Franco
Sep 17, 2003
  1. In a move aimed squarely at Microsoft Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc. on Tuesday will unveil a suite of software for businesses that want to dump -- or just can't afford -- the Windows operating system on their companies' desktop computers.

    The Sun Java Desktop system, which was formerly code-named Mad Hatter, runs on the open-source Linux operating system and includes a variety of other programs that replace Microsoft's Internet browser, productivity suite and other parts of the Windows package.

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  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    Or, I can just download Red Hat Linux, and then install XIMIAN GNOME onto it, completely free, and I will still have a perfectly viable alternative to Windows, full of free gadgets, etc. Add Mplayer into the mix, and I am starting to get a system that's a good alternative to Windows XP on the go.

    Here's the setup I am talking about:
    (Sorry 56Kers!)


    This is free! All of it! You just have to be able to download it. If you have broadband, or a fast connection at work, there you go. Oh, and add Netscape as well. Its Linux version is great.

    What more could you ask for? This Sun Java Desktop thing costs $50, and why should I pay $50 when I can pay nothing??
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