Sun Microsystems took a global perspective when re-evaluating its download strategy for Solaris, the company's flagship operating system. Rather than continue collecting a fee for each download of Solaris x86 edition, Sun has opted to eliminate the charge entirely. The decision was due in part to feedback from Asian and European customers who were unable to place orders using US dollars. Sun hopes the move will increase demand for its wares on the PC platform, and follows the company's recent announcement of a newly forged alliance with AMD. Downloads for all Solaris x86 releases, including platform editions and Solaris 8, were freed up as of December 9. Sun previously charged $20 USD per download. Users are bound by a license agreement limiting use to non-commercial applications, development and evaluation. In early 2003, company executives indicated Sun would cease support for Solaris x86 and instead champion its homebrewed SPARC architecture. But following an … [Read more...] about Sun Frees Solaris for x86 Platforms
Sun Microsystems is wagering that Wal-Mart's "always low prices" will catapult its Java Desktop System off storeroom shelves into the home market. eWeek is reporting that Sun is negotiating with the retail giant and office supply powerhouse Office Depot to sell value-priced PCs and laptops powered by its desktop software. Sources indicate that an agreement could be reached sometime next year. News of Sun's move onto Microsoft's turf comes just days after Sun established a strategic agreement with the United Kingdom's government purchasing body to standardize the Java Desktop System as the underlying infrastructure for the public sector. The UK deal comes on the heels of a massive deal struck with the People's Republic of China establishing Sun's Java technology as the nation's de facto standard desktop solution. Sun's desktop bears a familiar appearance similar to the Windows interface. In addition, Java Desktop System offers up document and printing interoperability with … [Read more...] about Sun Brings Java Desktop to Wal-Mart Shelves
Answer: Smart Appliances Java began at Sun Microsystems in the early 1990s as an internal project intended to provide an alternative to the C++/C programming languages. The project was originally called Oak (after, simply enough, the big oak tree outside the development office) and the team focused on creating a new generation of programming language for smart appliances like interactive cable boxes. The first demonstration of the Java Software Platform in action was in October 1992. The development team showed off a home-centric PDA that could control and automate settings around the house. The device was dubbed Star7 and sported an animated mascot named Duke—seen here. The Star7 project never saw the light of day—it was a bit ahead of its time—but Duke stuck around as the official Java mascot. The Java team went on to develop and pitch a computer-based set-top box to Time Warner which, although Time Warner had put out a call for such a device, was rejected by … [Read more...] about What Was Sun Microsystems’ Java Software Platform First Designed For?
Sun Microsystems responded Wednesday evening to news that software giant Microsoft will remove support for Java in the upcoming Windows XP. In a prepared statement, Sun officials remarked, "it is But even without Windows, Sun remains confident Java will continue to grow, citing "An estimated 7 million web sites use Java applets to provide consumers with information. In addition, Java technology is now being incorporated into millions of wireless and portable client devices that do not utilize Microsoft operating systems or software." Taking the high road, Sun remarked it will continue to provide Java support for Windows users, and offer a Windows virtual machine based on the latest Java technology. According to officials, "Sun continues to see very strong demand for cross-platform Java technology from both developers and end users on Windows." … [Read more...] about Sun Attacks Microsoft Over Java Removal
Sun Microsystems and Microsoft have found peace - for price of 1.6 billion US dollars. Under the agreement Sun has agreed to settle all pending litigation against its once bitter rival, and the two industry giants will collaborate on ways to make their products work better in mixed environments. As part of the agreement, Sun and Microsoft will enter into a 'covenant' not to sue each other over past patent violations, with a clause to extend that arrangement into the future. Tentatively, negotiations are set to sort out a sweeping patent cross-licensing agreement that would enable the companies to share technology by paying each other predetermined royalties. Commenting on the agreement, Scott McNealy, chairman and chief executive officer of Sun Microsystems said, "This agreement launches a new relationship between Sun and Microsoft - a significant step forward that allows for cooperation while preserving customer choice." McNealy, who once called Microsoft an … [Read more...] about Sun, Microsoft Settle Differences