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Java Pickup

Sun Microsystems last week disclosed a contract to sell up to 1 million Java Desktop Systems to China Standard Software Co., a consortium of Chinese companies that's supported by the Chinese government. China Standard plans to use Sun's software to create its own branded desktop environment for distribution in China. Sun's Java Desktop System, due by year's end, bundles the Linux operating system with Java 2 Enterprise Edition, Sun's StarOffice suite, the Mozilla browser, and the Gnome desktop environment. A Java 2 Enterprise Edition upgrade, shipping this week, includes the latest Web-services standards.

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