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Java Desktop System: Productivity for Everyone
Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Track: Linux
Date: Thursday, July 29
Time: 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Location: Salon F


With the Java Desktop System (JDS), Sun Microsystems has put together a rich desktop environment that meets the requirements of enterprises in every segment of the global economy using GNU/Linux and open source software.

JDS is based on Linux and the open source GNOME Desktop; on key open source applications such as the Mozilla Web Browser, GAIM Instant Messaging application, and the Evolution Groupware Client; and on Sun applications like StarOffice and the Java 2 Standard Edition platform. The Java Desktop System demonstrates how one can blend a diverse set of open standards based products into a state of the art desktop that is winning customers in preference to Microsoft Windows.

More than simply slapping together off-the-shelf open source components, Sun is deeply engaged with many of the open source communities whose technologies make up JDS. Sun leads the OpenOffice.org community, and in OpenOffice has made a huge contribution to the quality and functionality of the open source desktop. Sun engineers have made many and deep contributions to GNOME, and leads the GNOME Accessibility Project which is allowing GNOME to support the nearly 1 billion people on the planet with a disability -- many of whom cannot afford the expensive and proprietary solutions available on the market for other desktops. Sun has also made numerous contributions to the Mozilla community, again especially in the area of accessibility so that people with disabilities can have access to the world wide web.

This talk demonstrates the upcoming release of Java Desktop System, and highlight Sun's contributions to open source accessibility -- to GNOME, StarOffice/OpenOffice.org, Mozilla, and elsewhere -- which support users with disabilities.

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