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Sun powers down Linux desktops

Sun Microsystems is winding down a strategy to sell Linux-based desktop systems to users.

Three years ago Sun launched its Linux-based Java Desktop System as a rival to Microsoft’s dominant Windows-based desktop solutions.

But Java has won little support as a desktop solution and Linux remains more popular as a server solution.

At this week’s JavaOne conference, Sun said Java Desktop System would now mainly be aimed at programmers working on Sun’s Solaris operating system, itself now open source.

Java Desktop System is based on Novell’s SuSE desktop Linux software, and was originally launched as Project Mad Hatter to offer a combined server and desktop package.


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