Sun's Second Java Desktop System Slated for May Release

Sun Microsystems Inc. on Thursday will use the Desktop Linux Summit in San Diego to announce that the second version of its Java Desktop System will be generally available in the first week of May.

Curtis Sasaki, Sun's vice president of desktop solutions, told eWEEK in an interview Wednesday, ahead of the summit, that among the key advances in version 2.0 are management capabilities that allow enterprises to fine-tune and remotely set up the desktop. "They can turn features like macros on and off and can even modify the background screen for branding purposes," Sasaki said. "We have also added in remote desktop capabilities.

Also included in the latest software is an auto-update feature that allows enterprises to have their own mechanisms behind the firewall, and this feature would be used for both security and application downloads. Customers already using the Java Desktop System would be able to request a CD update of the software or download an update from the Web, Sasaki said.

News source: eWeek

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