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|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.
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.
Early keyboards talked one of Sun's proprietary protocols. The latest keyboards talked USB.
In Sun's own layout:
- The backspace key was right above a horizontal enter key.
- The control key was to the left of 'A' (on a QWERTY) keyboard. and the caps lock key was on the space-bar row below the left Shift key.
- The space bar row had meta key and a compose key.
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
- Sun Type 3. OAK linear switches.
- Sun Type 4. Key Tronic capacitive switches.
- Sun Type 5. Standard Fujitsu internals. High-quality keycaps. Often named the most beautiful keyboard in the world.
- Sun Type 6. Standard Fujitsu design in Sun's layout.
- Sun Type 7. Standard Fujitsu design in Sun's layout.
- Sun Microsystems on Wikipedia.