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.
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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.