PC suppliers are considering licensing Java to get it to customers, according to Sun Microsystems.
Sun has been embroiled in a legal dispute with Microsoft over Java, urging support of the popular programming language on Windows. But PC suppliers want access to the technology, said Jonathan Schwartz, Sun executive vice-president of software.
"All PC OEMs are looking at licensing Java," Schwartz said. "We hope to have progress soon, mainly so they can assure their customers the continuity that they experience on the web."
Sun has a compatible runtime for Java on the desktop and is being deployed on devices, although games may be more prevalent than something such as a Siebel CRM application, said Schwartz.
Pricing for Sun's upcoming Project Orion products, which bundle either the Solaris or Linux OS with a multitude of Sun applications such as an application server, would be much less than what customers might pay for an application server infrastructure from a major company, Schwartz claimed.
Sun will ship its Mad Hatter low-cost desktop environment by the middle of the year, said Schwartz.