Sun is making a new Java Desktop push. Check out the jgoodies (sorry) at JavaDesktop, a java.net community. JGoodies, ready-to-go Swing library for crisp look and feel that rivals SWT, is being open sourced at the site. JNDC, Java Desktop Network Components, is a XUL-like mechanism. Read Amy Fowler's whitepaper on JNDC which was good enough to excited Gerald Bauer, the main guy behind Luxor-XUL project. He wrote in an e-mail to XML-DEV:
"Amy Fowler (a blond bombshell working for Sun if I dare to say (*)) wrote a whitepaper titled "Java Desktop Network Components (JDNC): Boosting Interactivity and Productivity at the Same Time" for the new javadesktop.org site (part of the new java.net Sun Community initiative)."