8/6/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) and the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), a global consortium of leading technology companies dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux, announced that Sun Microsystems has joined OSDL to help drive the development of open-standard software including Linux and to lend its expertise in the data center and carrier-grade markets. Through its membership with OSDL, Sun will participate in both the Carrier Grade Linux and Data Center Linux working groups to help advance the use of the Linux operating system and its functionality in the enterprise and telecommunications environments.
"Sun has been an instrumental figure within the open-source community, having contributed a wealth of resources and technology to leading open-source projects, including OpenOffice.org, GNOME.org, Mozilla.org, NetBeans.org, JXTA.org and the Grid Engine Project," said John Loiacono, vice president, operating platforms group, Sun Microsystems. "As a new member of OSDL, Sun brings its unwavering commitment to open-standards and continuing innovation in open technologies such as the Java(tm) technology platform."
Sun is one of the largest providers of intellectual property to the open-source community and its strategic relationship with OSDL is an important extension of this effort. Sun also remains largely involved with complementary initiatives such as the Java Community Process, an open organization of international Java technology developers and licensees whose charter is to develop and revise technology specifications, reference implementations and technology compatibility kits. Additionally, Sun brings a variety of resources to OSDL, including a roster of proven technology solutions tailored to the data center and carrier-grade markets, along with a network of industry partners. Community members and customers can learn more about Sun's role in these initiatives through SunSource.net, a Web site created by the Sun Open Source Program dedicated to Sun's involvement in free and open-source projects.
"Sun has been a significant contributor to the open source movement for years," said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. "Their breadth of technical and marketplace expertise is a welcome addition to the Lab's membership and we look forward to their contributions to our Linux initiatives."
Backed by Computer Associates, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, I.B.M., Intel, NEC and other leading enterprise computing companies, OSDL provides engineering and technical assistance to Linux developers worldwide with state-of-the-art data centers in Japan and the United States. OSDL also coordinates technical working groups focused on hardening Linux for data center and carrier-grade computing environments.
OSDL - home to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux - is dedicated to accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux in the enterprise. Founded in 2000 and supported by a global consortium of IT industry leaders, OSDL is a non-profit organization that provides state-of the-art computing and test facilities in the United States and Japan available to developers around the world. OSDL sponsors include Alcatel, Cisco, Computer Associates, Dell, Ericsson, Force Computers, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Linuxcare, Miracle Linux Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric, MontaVista Software, NEC Corporation, Nokia, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, SuSE, TimeSys, Toshiba, Transmeta Corporation, Ulticom, Unilever and VA Software. Visit OSDL on the Web at www.osdl.org.
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
Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Java, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. OSDL is a trademark of Open Source Development Labs, Inc. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds.
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