11/19/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced a far reaching agreement with the China Standard Software Co., Ltd. (CSSC) to establish Sun's Java Desktop System as the foundation for standard desktop development and deployment in the People's Republic of China (PRC). The CSSC is a consortium of Chinese technology companies supported by the Chinese government to produce a nationwide standard desktop software system to help bridge the digital divide among the nation's 1.3 billion citizens. The CSSC has selected Sun as its preferred technology partner to help reach this goal.
This collaboration is the first step in Sun's global campaign to partner with every nation and to help bring an open, affordable and secure desktop to users worldwide. Countries such as China, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Israel and India are driving programs and incentives to improve their IT infrastructures and incorporate technology into government agencies, educational systems and to domestic regions where economic barriers have limited technological growth. In an effort to accelerate these initiatives and quickly bridge this "digital divide," Sun is embarking on a program to partner with these nations through the Java Desktop System.
The CSSC and Sun Microsystems technology licensing agreement will pave the way for the CSSC to deliver its own branded desktop products using the Java Desktop System as the foundation for its desktop standards, subject to export approval from the U.S. government. The PRC plans to ultimately install at least 200 million copies of an open-standards-based desktop solution throughout the country. Starting with approximately 500,000 to one million seats per year, the multi-year agreement is planned to start at the end of 2003.
"The mission of the CSSC is to offer the best quality, cost effective and local-branded desktop solution for millions of Chinese customers. Our partnership with Sun Microsystems is instrumental in advancing our technology strategy and helping CSSC to become a competitive force in the global market." said Han Naiping, general manager, CSSC. "With the Java Desktop System, Sun will provide the necessary technology to significantly strengthen our desktop initiatives. We expect to continue evolving our collaboration to cover a wider range of partner projects in the future. I firmly believe the partnership between CSSC and Sun will be a mutually beneficial success."
"Linux and open source software bring new opportunities not only to China, but also to other countries around the world, " said Li Wuqiang, deputy director-general, Department of High and New Technology Development and Industrialization, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) People's Republic of China. "A desktop solution based on open standards means more choice, an affordable price and a higher level of information security. China warmly welcomes international cooperation in this area, such as this agreement between CSSC and Sun."
"Open standards are at the very foundation of Sun Microsystems - enabling connectivity, communication and community. The alliance with CSSC, in concert with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the Ministry of Information and Industry (MII), creates a vast opportunity to use the Linux and Java Desktop System standards to bring information technology to hundreds of millions of citizens across China," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of software, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Our partnering on the Java Desktop System with CSSC and the Chinese government holds the promise of bridging the digital divide, removing barriers presented by proprietary desktop software. We are proud to have been selected, and proud to bring this opportunity to the world community."
About China Standard Software Co., Ltd. (CSSC)
The China Standard Software Co., Ltd. was formed to deliver the standard Linux-based desktop system for China. This company brings together various existing government-supported companies, such as the Chinasoft Network Technology Company, Ltd. and the China Electronics Technology Corporation (CETC).
Initiated in 1986 and spearheaded by China's MII and the MOST, the government of China has provided direct and indirect investments and support toward the establishment of a domestic information technology industry through the CSSC. The government has made the strategic decision that the technology foundation will be based on Linux and open-source technologies, and that all products will comply with the de facto infrastructure endorsed for deployment and use across China.
About the Java Desktop System
The Java Desktop System is a comprehensive, secure, highly affordable enterprise desktop solution that is simple to use and can interoperate with existing infrastructure. Key features include a well-defined, integrated look and feel, familiar desktop themes, as well as document and printing interoperability with Linux, Solaris and Windows environments.
U.S. list price for the Java Desktop System is priced annually at $100 per desktop user or $50 per employee for existing Java Enterprise System customers. For a limited time, Sun is offering an aggressive trade-up program for users looking to move off of their existing desktop. By providing Sun their proof of purchase to their existing desktop environment, qualified users will be able to purchase the Java Desktop System for $50 per desktop. For more information, visit: http://www.sun.com/javadesktopsystem.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com
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