This feature is new in the Solaris Express 10/04 release.
Further enhancements are available in the Solaris 10 1/06 release. See in Enhancements to Java Desktop System Release 3.
The Sun Java Desktop System, Release 3 for the Solaris 10 OS combines open source software with Sun innovation to offer a comprehensive, fully integrated, and interoperable desktop environment with an accessible, modern user interface.
The Java Desktop System provides a comprehensive desktop environment that enables users to navigate and work effectively with the applications and documents on their desktop. The system includes the following:
GNOME desktop environment
StarOffice productivity suite
Evolution mail, with calendar and tasks
Mozilla browser and email client
Complete set of software utilities and accessories
The Java Desktop System provides an intuitive desktop interface with familiar desktop themes and file manager views to enable users to work effectively and efficiently. Other features of the user interface include the following:
Easy to learn and use, especially for users with Windows experience, featuring:
Familiar desktop themes for file management and desktop configuration
Standard keyboard shortcut conventions
Direct access to files and servers using the “Documents” and “Network Places” directories
Familiar access to networked computers from a single “Network Places” directory
Comprehensive user documentation and Help
Desktop applications are well integrated in the Java Desktop System, providing interoperability between applications. Interoperability features include the following:
Drag-and-drop and copy or paste text, graphics, and other elements between applications
Universal printer selection of available printers on the network, to include printers on Windows networks
Single point of entry for directory and file management and networked computers
Direct access to content in data and files by single-click application launch for files contained in e-mail, Web pages, and file manager
In addition to providing interoperability between applications in the desktop, the Java Desktop System provides interoperability at the enterprise level. Features include the following:
Users can access data, files, and printers with both Windows and UNIX environments.
The system can connect to existing backend systems, including Sun Java System Calendaring and Messaging servers and Active Directory, POP3, LDAP, and SMTP mail servers.
For further information about the desktop, see the Java Desktop System Release 3 User Guide. For further information about the applications included in the Java Desktop System, open Help in the desktop and select the specific application from the navigation pane.
The Java Desktop System incorporates many new accessibility features to support people with disabilities. Features in the Solaris 10 OS include enhanced keyboard and desktop navigation, which make the desktop accessible and customizable. The new assistive technologies included in the release are gnopernicus, a screen reader and screen magnifier, and a GNOME onscreen keyboard (GOK).
For further information, see the Java Desktop System Release 3 Accessibility Guide.