Wipro, Sun Microsystems and Ximian partner to develop Open Source Desktop

2/25/2002 - Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT), Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), and Ximian, Inc. today announced an agreement to jointly develop an open source desktop environment for the Solaris(TM) Operating Environment (OE) based on the upcoming GNOME 2.0. Sun will draw on the expertise of Wipro and Ximian, and functionality developed by the GNOME community to build a modern desktop environment that will serve as the preferred desktop for the Solaris OE. As a result, users of Solaris OE will benefit from the intuitive modern look and feel, built-in accessibility support and internationalization and usability functions provided by the GNOME 2.0 desktop. In addition, the agreement serves as a culmination of multiple Sun contributions to the GNOME project and is an indication of Sun's continued commitment and support of open source efforts. Targeted for online delivery by Sun in the third quarter of this year, the new environment is planned for availability on the Solaris 8 OE and higher.

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