Sun touts OS as secure alternative to Windows

Sun Microsystems has opened up early registration for Project Mad Hatter, positioning it as a cheaper, secure alternative desktop...

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Sun Microsystems has opened up early registration for Project Mad Hatter, positioning it as a cheaper, secure alternative desktop operating system to Microsoft's offerings.

Sun Microsystems director of marketing for desktop solutions Peder Ulander revealed that Sun's as-yet-unnamed desktop OS will be available next month at its annual SunNetwork user conference, where Sun will reveal pricing, the name of the product, and the business model for selling it. 

Ulander described the future OS as an "alternative enterprise desktop client" that relies on open standards and open file formats. He added that the desktop client will provide all of the functions 80% of enterprise employees require today. 

He said the product would have fewer holes to exploits because it is built on top of Linux. 

"How [Microsoft] built their OS makes it fairly easy to exploit," said Ulander. "Virus writers can script to their macro environment."

Scott Tyler Shafer writes for InfoWorld

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