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JavaStation

An earlier family of network computers from Sun that complied with the NC Reference Profile. Introduced with the same 100 MHz MicroSPARC CPU used in Sun's SPARC 4 and 5 workstations, JavaStations were expected to migrate to the Java chip. JavaStations could also run Windows applications on an NT server using software from Insignia Solutions or Citrix that turned NT into a timeshared central computer. See Java.
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Where JavaStation 1 was positioned as a PC or green screen replacement, Sun Ray is destined for use in dedicated application environments including call centers and help desks; in education; government; financial services; ASPs and by ERP applications.
"eSuite WorkPlace is the first complete Java technology-based set of business productivity applets built specifically for thin client offerings such as Sun's JavaStation network computer," said Lynne Capozzi, Lotus' vice president of marketing, Internet Applications Division.
"Working with schools like Pershing Intermediate, we can demonstrate the effectiveness of JavaStation systems," she notes.
Likewise, Paul says there will be three phases of the JavaStation implementation project.
JavaStation comes loaded with JavaOS and a suite of applications called HotJava Views, which includes browser, e-mail client, and several personal productivity programs.
The two Star products on show tomorrow when Sun's latest Corona JavaStation is to make its debut, will be the StarOffice office suite and StarPortal.
Reliable sources have now confirmed that Sun Microsystems Inc will announce the acquisition of Germany's Star Division tomorrow (Tuesday) as the opening for its Corona second generation JavaStation launch, now expected to take place on the same day (CI No 3,731).
Sun's very own NC, the JavaStation I, was an embarrassing failure and while Sun will continue to support customers with JavaOS for NCs, it will be migrating them to new products, presumably Corona, the JavaStation II due next month.
Sun Microsystems Inc is now expected to announce an agreement to acquire Germany's Star Division by the end of the month, just a week before its second generation JavaStation thin client comes on to the market.
There's little indication of what's different from the first generation JavaOS-based JavaStation except that it will use a micro-Java chip and come with a new version of the X-Windows- derived interface software.
Corona, a new version of the JavaStation, is due to be released shortly.
Corona is the new thin-client JavaStation which is due to be released sometime in the next several months, and which, he says, has "a subtly different architecture" to the current JavaStation.