Sun Microsystems has introduced a version of StarOffice 7 for the x86 variant of its Solaris operating system, a prelude to offering a complete desktop software system built around the Unix-based OS.
The x86 version of Solaris runs on computers with processors that support the x86 instruction set, such as those manufactured by Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. Sun's main Solaris version is for multiprocessing and 64-bit computing using UltraSparc processor-based systems.
Although Sun has aimed both of the Solaris OSes toward use in server computers, it now also plans to promote desktop use of the software. It intends to offer a version of the Java Desktop System based on the x86 and Sparc versions of Solaris by the end of the year.
Sun last year introduced its Java Desktop System based on Linux to offer computer users an alternative to Microsoft's Windows and Office offerings. The Java Desktop System includes StarOffice as well as a host of other software, such as a web browser, media player and instant messaging client.
StarOffice 7 for Solaris x86 is priced at $79.95 and is available online. Pricing is the same as for other StarOffice versions, which already includes StarOffice for Solaris for Sparc platforms as well as for Windows and Linux.
Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service