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Sun partners to bring GNOME dekstop to Solaris

Sun Microsystems has announced a partnership with software makers Ximian and Wipro to complete work on a version of the GNOME...

Sun Microsystems has announced a partnership with software makers Ximian and Wipro to complete work on a version of the GNOME desktop for the Solaris operating system.

Sun plans to offer the popular GNOME graphical user interface (GUI) along with the Common Desktop Environment (CDE) it currently includes with Solaris. Sun plans to have a download of a GNOME 2.0-based product ready for users by the third quarter. The software will work with Solaris 8 and Solaris 9, which is due out by mid-2002, said Mike Rogers, vice-president and general manager for desktop and office productivity at Sun.

The GNOME 2.0 release is a major upgrade to one of the most used GUIs in the open source community. Sun has made several contributions to GNOME 2.0, including work on accessibility features for the handicapped and language support, Rogers said.

Bangalore-based Wipro will work on merging the CDE interface with GNOME 2.0 and testing the software.

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