Jonathan Schwartz Keynote at LinuxWorld -- Sun Demonstrates Alternative Desktop, New Innovations Leveraging Java and LinuxSAN FRANCISCO -- LinuxWorld Conference & Expo -- August 5, 2003 -- In a keynote speech today at LinuxWorld, Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's executive vice president of software at Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) , challenged the status quo in personal computing with the unveiling of a new Linux-based alternative desktop and Java-based innovations that will shatter the dimensions of the traditional user experience. Sun coupled this debut with a series of announcements designed to accelerate the innovation and distribution of Java and Linux.
During his keynote, Schwartz also previewed -- for the first time publicly-- Project Mad Hatter, Sun's fully-integrated open desktop environment for Linux, Solaris and SunRay deployments that includes Java technology, the GNOME desktop environment, Ximian Evolution and Sun's StarOffice productivity suite. Sun's alternative desktop, due later this year, 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. Schwartz also showed the future of this effort when he demonstrated a three-dimensional evolution of the desktop built entirely in Java on Linux. Sun will formally launch Project Mad Hatter at its SunNetwork conference in September 2003. (See related Sun desktop innovation announcement.)
"Project Mad Hatter will change the economics, definition and experience of desktop computing," said Schwartz. "But this is only the beginning. The combination of Java and Linux is a driving force-- bringing network services to 1.2 billion devices supported by over 3 million developers. Our Linux strategy is to leverage the powerful combination of Java and Linux to open and grow new markets for network computing."
Finally, Schwartz reaffirmed Sun's commitment to open communities and open standards by detailing its contribution of over 8 million lines of code to the open source community, driving participation in OpenOffice.org, Mozilla.org, java.net and its recent membership in the Open Source Development Lab (ODSL).
Sun's key LinuxWorld announcements include:
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