10/04/05 - Sun and Google Expand Technology Reach And Global Opportunity: "Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Google Inc. today announced an agreement to promote and distribute their software technologies to millions of users around the world. The agreement aims to make it easier for users to freely obtain Sun's Java Runtime Environment (JRE), the Google Toolbar and the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite, helping millions of users worldwide to participate in the next wave of Internet growth. "
To paraphrase: Sun seeks magic Google PR pixie dust and announces redundant joint plans to make already freely available stuff somehow more freely available; details to follow...
Somehow I suspect
1. This means the distinction between StarOffice and OpenOffice.org will be increasingly difficult to discern (i.e., StarOffice likely fades away)
2. Google isn't planning to move off non-Sun commodity hardware anytime soon
3. Making the Google search bar an option in consumer JRE downloads probably won't make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things