JDS for Solaris 9 x86

Hasn't had a great deal of publicity yet, but Sun released its first version of the Java Desktop System for Solaris last week-- specifically, for Solaris 9 on Java Workstations (although it should work on other S9 x86 installations too). Pricing is the same as the Linux version, at $50 per seat.

Although it's nominally called JDS version 2 (to coincide with the version number of the most recent Linux release), it actually offers quite a few improvements over its Linux sibling, not least from its foundations in a more recent version of GNOME.

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Any chance of there being a trial-version we could download (or a non-commerc. or academic edition?)

thanks, victor

Posted by Victor Hooi on October 16, 2004 at 01:25 AM GMT+00:00 #

@Victor: there is a trial version for Solaris x86. Check sun.com site

@Calum: it is strange to see a product released first for the x86 version. Although I think it makes sense since the primary target for JDS would be x86. However, I am waiting for JDS on SPARC,too.

Posted by Vlad Grama on October 16, 2004 at 06:26 AM GMT+00:00 #

sparc version please please please please

Posted by David on October 18, 2004 at 03:18 AM GMT+00:00 #

The SPARC version is coming along very nicely-- I have it running on a recent build of Solaris 10 on my desk. I could tell you when it will be available but I'd have to shoot you :) (I'm not sure if a free preview is, or will be, part of the Software Express programme, but you could check it out if you haven't already...)

Posted by Calum Benson on October 18, 2004 at 03:37 AM GMT+00:00 #

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I am an Interaction Designer in the Systems Experience Design team, arriving at Oracle via Sun where I've worked since 2000. I currently work on sysadmin user experience projects for Solaris. Formerly I worked on open source Solaris desktop projects such as GNOME, NWAM and IPS.

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