Java Desktop Scores By Replacing Windows

by Julia Fernandes    Aug 23, 2004

Sun’s Java Desktop System (JDS) has scored another win, with New South Wales (NSW) Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) announcing that it has migrated 1,000 plus Windows desktops to JDS. The OS is gradually making inroads in India as well.

K P Unnikrishnan, country head - marketing, Sun Microsystems India, spoke to CXOtoday, sharing details on the progress made by JDS back home. Says Unnikrishnan, “Major pilots are being carried out in the following segments:one in the government and second in the manufacturing sector. Also a couple of pilots are being carried out in the finance and education space too.”

According to Unnikrishnan, secure and open standards-based collaborative solutions help drive down costs considerably, and corporates in India have slowly begun to understand the price differential.

“Enterprise customers are evaluating our desktop solutions from all facets: right from the technology aspect (protection from viruses and worms) down to the considerable savings that are made in the TCO,” claimed Unnikrishnan.

According to Unnikrishnan, the product and the concept being new, most companies are testing them out before deployment.

A key component of the Sun Java Desktop System product is StarOffice — the open-source office productivity suite that runs on Solaris, Windows and Linux operating systems and is also compatible with Microsoft Office file formats.

StarOffice’s low desktop licensing and maintenance costs, coupled with its open XML file format, allow users to exchange information with partners and suppliers. Due to these features, the software is not only slowly gaining favor among users but is seemingly emerging as a popular alternative to Microsoft’s Windows-based Office suite.

Tags: JDS, Linux