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    Project Looking Glass Open Source

    Project Looking Glass Open Source
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    Sun Microsystems is contributing Project Looking Glass, based on Java(tm)
    technology, to the open source community. Project Looking Glass is an
    exploration project to bring innovative 3D features to the desktop
    environment. The desktop interface will offer an intuitive, new 3D
    environment to interact with desktop applications featuring window
    transparency, rotation, zoom, multiple desktop workspaces and
    miniaturization.Project Looking Glass offers a platform to realize far
    richer and more entertaining user experience for existing and new
    applications in 2D or 3D. The technology enables developers to build
    highly visual 3D desktops and applications that will run on Linux
    systems such as Sun's Java Desktop System. The Solaris(tm) environment
    will be supported in near future.


    What does this mean to you?
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    If you're a software developer, please go to
    http://enews.sun.com/CTServlet?id=63...:1088531213971 and
    download this early version of the code and join the community in
    developing the 3D desktop.

    Interested in using the Project Looking Glass? The project is in very
    early stages and a commercial version is not available yet. Please go to
    http://enews.sun.com/CTServlet?id=63...:1088531213990 to
    keep up to date on our progress.


    Why Open Source?
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    Project Looking Glass is in its infancy, and we'd like to explore lots
    of ideas and possibilities. We're releasing the Project Looking Glass
    code to the whole community to explore every aspect of the technology
    rather than restricting access to a privileged few. We believe this open
    development is an excellent model to pursue this exciting and vast
    opportunity. So, your involvement is eagerly anticipated. We believe
    new dimension of developer innovation by making Sun's cutting edge
    technology available at Sun's 3D Desktop Technology Open Source Project
    on java.net.

    We have been working for several months on cleaning the software up,
    providing basic features and functionality key to 3D window management.
    A key focus was looking at the existing 2D desktop applications,
    ensuring minimal compatibility and performance problems. The next step
    is to look what else we can do to foster real world 3D interactivity. We
    decided to open source this at a very early stage to ensure that we got
    good feedback from the community.


    What's in the Open Source Project?
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    The following features are now available in the Project Looking Glass
    open source release:

    3D Window Manager Platform - Java 3D based highly scalable 3D platform
    with client-server model support.

    3D Window Manager and Application Development API - Java API to develop
    new 3D desktop applications and 3D desktop Window Manager features.

    Native Application Integration Module - Allows developers to run
    conventional X11 applications in the 3D environment.

    Sample 3D Window Manager - provides a simple sample implementation for
    testing and demonstration purposes

    3D Environment Lite - Enables developers to run a simplified 3D
    environment as an application on a Java 3D enabled platform including
    Linux and Solaris environments. This serves as a development tool to
    test implementations.

    This is all available at:
    http://enews.sun.com/CTServlet?id=63...:1088531213971


    What's the licensing model?
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    There are three license choices for developers interested in creating
    applications using Project Looking Glass.

    For developers who are interested in reviewing, revising, and
    redistributing the source code as part of their own application, Project
    Looking Glass has been submitted as an Open Source project on java.net
    under the GNU Public License, or GPL.

    For developers who are interested in developing an application on top of
    the existing Project Looking Glass platform without reviewing and/or
    altering the code base, there is a binary version of the current state
    of the project available for download under a traditional Binary Code
    License. This is also available on java.net.

    Finally, for developers or organizations interested in other uses or
    revising the source code but wish to keep their implementation and
    related application proprietary, please contact Sun at
    lg3d_license@dev.java.net.


    Project Looking Glass Community Meeting
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    Wednesday June 30, 2004
    4:30pm to 6:00pm
    The Argent Hotel, City Room
    San Francisco, California, USA
    http://www.argenthotel.com/location.htm

    4:00-4:30 Registration
    4:30-4:45 Welcome, Introductions, and 3D Desktop Project Demo
    4:45-5:30 Technology Overview, Possible Sub Projects, How to Get Started
    5:30-6:00 Q&A and Networking

    Please join the conversation with the Project Looking Glass developers
    from Sun Microsystems. This meeting will be technically focused
    introducing developers to the project and letting them know how to get
    involved.

    You can meet the team from "Project Looking Glass" and other developers
    while enjoying food and refreshments. There is open admission. You do
    not need a JavaOne Conference Pass to attend.

    There will be no webcast available, but we will post the information
    available at the meeting on the website. We'll also have several
    presentations and Project Looking Glass at JavaOne, and we'll post as
    many as we can on the web.



    You can see Hideya Kawahara on stage with Jonathan Schwartz and Scott
    McNealy of Sun Microsystems demonstrating the Project Looking Glass
    technology and announcing the open source project at
    http://enews.sun.com/CTServlet?id=63...:1088531214001 (select
    View Webcast).

    If you have any questions, please send them to:
    project-looking-glass@sun.com

    Sun's Project Looking Glass Team

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    This was probably a good move for them to make. From what I've seen, I like what it promises to do... But graphical interfaces are a dime a dozen these days, so I don't know how sucessful it's going to be.
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    3d interfaces, now that sounds cool. But what about how much slower things are going to be? There are already some 3d interfaces for Linux out there! Apparently, Longhorn (the next release of our butt-head operating system competitor) is going to have a 3d interface too! Does that mean that we will no longer be able to run Linux if we don't have the latest Radeon or GeForce 4?
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    Well, of course any interface in linux is optional, I use the CLI all the time but I am a registered KDE addict

    I think the biggest thing about PLG is that, while its nice looking and fresh, using a 3d interface with a 2d input device may pose a problem. I do however hope they make it work, i think linux needs some nice new EyeCandy to catch up to Windows or more impressivly some of the more modern Mac goodies.

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    Good point ZennouRyuu, 2D device in 3D world only works with games. I really don't think that the eye candy in Linux is all that bad, really. KDE 3.2 seems to look like one sexy desktop. Sure beats the standard Luna theme of XP. Also, I love the way that it is so easy to change the way that KDE looks, all of which MAC nor XP can do. I have seen OS 10.0.3 in action, and I do love that launch bar at the bottom of the screen, but the same thing can be done with SuperKaramba, and it can even be done better. But back to the 3D thing, I think that it will only be something that you can show off, not use everyday.
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    The Sun Java Desktop looks just like XP in a lot of ways...

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    i'm glad sun is opening up some of their code, to bad they didn't choose something a little bit more used... like java for instance. I consider this Sun paying lip service to Free Software w/o actually wanting to delve in.

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    I'd be more worried about Sun taking a huge "gift" from Microsoft for their attempts to wpie out Suns java. The deal sounds a lot like it puts Sun and MS into bed together. If that becomes the case, we'll have one more mass of non-standards-complaint code to try to work around in Linux. The PLG desktop scheme has been kicking around for a long time, and never got anywhere with Sun developing it on their own. If you look at the Sun JDS, it's a pretty average distro, at best. Since it's not free, that code will stay bland and boring forever. Opening up their code gives them a way to get the OSS community to apply the entire "bag of tricks" for them,rather than forcing them to develop the code on their own. XandrOS just pulled the same thing, by releasing a pared down GPL'ed version of their DesktopOS. It looks like a nice gesture, but the history companies like these carry into the Open Source community suggests that they'll let the OSS community whip up some cool new improvements, then take 'em back to their commercial products. If you developed commercail software, this would seem like a good idea to you, too. Giving away some free copies of a system you expect to later market for big bucks, in exchange for a huge free development team is a pretty good trade off. The history of these companies suggests they don't have the Open Source communiy's best intersts in mind. I suspect a lot of developers will wait a long,long time before they start doing cartwheels over this big news. After all, just look at the mess SCO has caused over code they previously published themselves under the GPL.

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    Yeah, I get a little suspect about companies so close to microsoft. At least we have a bigger company then microsoft on our side, IBM. Yes ladies and gentlemen, IBM is a much larger/richer company then microsoft. And what was the deal with the SCO? I heard that microsoft "donated" $100 million to them, and then all of a sudden they lash out at Linux? They should have talked with some lawyers about whether or not they even owned the rights to UNIX, because I think that they have just dug their own grave!
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    I'd be more worried about Sun taking a huge "gift" from Microsoft for their attempts to wpie out Suns java.
    I'd say good riddance

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