OpenSolaris 2008.11 with OpenSolaris Desktop
|Operating system||OpenSolaris, Solaris|
|Available in||Multilingual (more than 35)|
|License||GNU Lesser General Public License
GNU General Public License
OpenSolaris Desktop, formerly Java Desktop System (JDS), is a desktop environment now developed by Oracle Corporation (after its acquisition of Sun Microsystems) available for Solaris, and formerly Linux.
Despite being formerly known as the Java Desktop System, it is not actually written in Java; it is built from GNOME and other common free software projects, which are written mostly in C and C++. The name reflected Sun's promotion of the product as an outlet for corporate users to deploy software written for the Java platform.
Sun first bundled a preview release of GNOME 1.4 on a separate CD for Solaris 8.
JDS version 2 included:
- GNOME (using the Blueprint theme)
- MP3 and CD player
- Java Media Framework's Java Media Player
- Gaim multi-service instant messaging
JDS Release 2 was available for Solaris and for the SuSE-based Linux distribution.
JDS Release 3 was released in 2005. It was included with Solaris 10 — upon installation of Solaris, one has the choice of using either the CDE or JDS. It was based on GNOME 2.6 and available only for the Solaris 10 platform.
OpenSolaris Desktop 01 (released October 28, 2005) was based on GNOME 2.10 and OpenSolaris Desktop 02 (released December 23, 2005) is based on GNOME 2.12.
OpenSolaris Desktop is now tied to the OpenSolaris operating system, and does not have its own release schedule. The latest version was released with the release of OpenSolaris 2009.6, and was based on Gnome 2.24. It also included Firefox 3.1, OpenOffice 3 and Sun VirtualBox.
See also 
- Sun Java Desktop System (Sun)
- OpenSolaris community for Java Desktop System (OpenSolaris)
- OS News review December 2003
- eWeek Review December 2003
- Java Desktop System on Solaris 10