Sun Microsystems

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Sun Microsystems
Type Corporation (now defunct)
Industry Computers (hardware and software)
Founded February 24, 1982
Founder(s) Vinod Khosla, Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Joy, Scott McNealy
Headquarters Santa Clara, California, USA

Sun Microsystems was once a giant in the computing world. It produced and sold both computer hardware and software. It is known mostly for its line of workstations and for introducing the Java programming language.

The company was founded in 1982 by students at Stanford University in California, USA. "Sun" is short for "Stanford University Network" for which its first product - the workstation Sun 1 - was intended. Sun was purchased by Oracle on April 20th, 2009 and was officially defunct on January 27th 2010.

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Sun Keyboards

In its prime, Sun manufactured workstations. The most famous line was SparcStation that had Sun's processor design SPARC and ran one of Sun's Unix operating systems: SunOS' and later Solaris.

Most keyboards for Sun workstations were high-quality rubber dome keyboards made by Fujitsu.

Keyboard protocol

Early keyboards talked one of Sun's proprietary protocols. The latest keyboards talked USB.

Keyboard layout

In Sun's own layout:

Some keyboards, such as the Sun Type 5, was available in variants for both the Sun layout and in a more IBM-like layout.

Several keyboards had named function keys to the left of the main region: "Cut", "Copy", "Paste", "Props" (properties), etc.

The Sun layout inspired much of the layout of the Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional.

List of keyboards

See also

References

  1. Japanese keyboard blog - Sun Type 3
  2. Japanese keyboard blog - Sun Type 4

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