The Java Desktop System and "real-technic"
I got an interesting comment in response to last week's blog on desktop Linux in which the person refered to Stephen Shankland's CNET news report from June of 2005 entitled: "Sun steps back from desktop Linux".
What that report is about is Sun's decision to focus the Java Desktop on its own systems - here's a bit:
One casualty of the JDS changes could be a partnership with the China Standard Software Company (CSSC), a consortium of companies supported by the Chinese government, which Sun said in 2003 would adopt Sun's desktop Linux. "We're going to immediately roll out the Java Desktop System to between a half million and a million desktops in 2004. It makes us instantaneously the number one Linux desktop play on the planet," McNealy said at the time.
According to my informant, Sun got hosed on the deal with CSSC and found itself facing a choice between pretending to enjoy it or losing a big chunk of low cost revenue on the teleco and embedded systems side of their business.