Offers Sun Java Desktop System with Microtel PCs

4/23/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced that the Java Desktop System, a comprehensive, secure and highly affordable desktop solution, is now available at on Microtel Computer Systems personal computers (PC).

With the launch of this product offering on, customers now have the ability to choose from a number of Microtel configurations running the Java Desktop System, enabling them to find a solution that fits their computing needs. Prices range from $298 to $698 and are available with an AMD or Intel processor running at 1.6GHz to 3.0 gigahertz. The Java Desktop System/Microtel PC is available at or at is the global market destination for end-users of Java content, showcasing the latest Java applications to more than seven million monthly visitors.

"We are extremely excited to offer the Java Desktop System with our PCs, delivering alternative products to a new class of desktop users," said Rich Hindman, vice president, Microtel Computer Systems. Through its built-to-order business model, Microtel designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer requirements, and offers an extensive selection of software and peripherals. Microtel desktop PCs incorporate the same high-quality, brand-name components as other major PC brands and are sold through U.S. retailers, system integrators and VARs/VADs.

"The Java Desktop System has achieved phenomenal success among customers who appreciate the value of simplicity, security and affordability with open source desktop components," said Jonathan Schwartz, president and chief operating officer, Sun Microsystems. "By collaborating with a premier PC manufacturer and distributor Microtel we are able to deliver on the demand for alternative desktops to new and diverse markets."

The Java Desktop System has quickly become one of the leaders in the alternative desktop computing market, delivering a familiar user environment, complete with robust tools that make creating documents, sending e-mail and browsing the Web safe and affordable. Since it began shipping in December 2003, there have been more than 1,500 ISVs, seven original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and thousands of users embracing the Java Desktop System.

This new collaboration between Sun, Microtel and extends the reach of affordable desktop computing out to the consumer market and demonstrates the continuing worldwide penetration of Sun's alternative desktop solutions in new markets. Some of the more recent successes around the Java Desktop System include agreements with the People's Republic of China through the China Software Standards Company (CSSC), SOURCENEXT Japan, India's Haryana state government, and Germany's Markement.

Java Desktop System
The Java Desktop System is a comprehensive, secure, highly affordable enterprise desktop solution that is simple to use and leverages existing infrastructure. Designed from the start to present end-users with an intuitive desktop environment, the Java Desktop System pre-integrates an innovative set of features, including the award-winning StarOffice office productivity suite; a browser with anti-pop-up and anti-spam email; a multi-system, instant messaging client and file and printing interoperability with Linux, Solaris and Windows environments. The Java Desktop System integrates the latest and fastest Java runtime, enabling users to immediately run the thousands of applications and applets available on the Web.

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