Canonical Ltd. Commits to Support Sun Fire Servers With UltraSPARC T1 'CoolThreads' Technology With Leading Ubuntu GNU/Linux Distribution

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Threaded SPARC Processors

May 30, 2006, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. and LONDON, May 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) and Canonical Ltd. today announced that
 Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Long Term Support), the upcoming release of the widely
 popular GNU/Linux distribution, will support the UltraSPARC(R) T1 processor
 on Sun Fire(TM) T1000 and T2000 servers. Ubuntu GNU/Linux has achieved
 strong recognition on the desktop through its focus on ease-of-use and "it
 just works" user experience. With this announcement, Canonical brings that
 same focus to the server market, having chosen the UltraSPARC T1 processor
 as its vehicle into the datacenter.
     "Ubuntu is arguably one of the most important -- if not the most
 important -- GNU/Linux distribution on the planet and will soon blaze new
 trails in support for SPARC-based servers," said John Fowler, executive
 vice-president, Systems, Sun Microsystems. "The availability of both
 Solaris and Linux-based operating systems on the Niagara platform will
 further expand our lead in delivering chip multi-threaded innovation and
 choice to customers."
     "There has been a vibrant community working with Ubuntu on SPARC for
 some time. Given the broadening of our offering from desktops to servers,
 and the power and promise of CoolThreads servers, official support for
 SPARC was a natural fit with our upcoming enterprise-ready release of
 Ubuntu 6.06 LTS," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu. Ubuntu 6.06
 LTS is due to be released at the beginning of June 2006.
     According to, Ubuntu has long been the world's most
 popular GNU/Linux distribution for desktop users. The next release of
 Ubuntu, version 6.06 LTS, will include a dedicated server edition with an
 extended support period to meet the needs of enterprise customers,
 independent software and hardware vendors (ISVs and IHVs.) With the release
 of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, SPARC will become one of Ubuntu's officially supported
 server architectures. Ubuntu is available free of charge and includes free
 security updates for all officially supported architectures. Ubuntu 6.06
 LTS server support will be available for a period of five (5) years.
 Canonical will also offer technical support for SPARC-based systems on a
 paid, commercial basis.
     Through the OpenSPARC initiative (, Canonical
 engineering and the Ubuntu community were given open access to the design
 of the UltraSPARC T1 processor and quickly completed the porting process.
 The release of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution on UltraSPARC T1
 processor-based systems merely ten weeks after the open source release of
 the chip design point validates the open hardware approach pioneered by SUN
 with the UltraSPARC T1 processor, and demonstrates the Ubuntu community's
 excitement at the benefits of Sun's SPARC processor-based CMT architecture
 for next-generation Web, communications and transactional services.
     Introduced in December 2005, Sun's CoolThreads(TM) server line has been
 embraced by leading Internet and Web 2.0 companies like eBay, Bank of
 America and Chinese Web giant that now use the industry's first
 8-core, 32-threaded server in their datacenters.
     Sun's CoolThreads servers deliver unmatched price/performance: the Sun
 Fire T1000 server starts at just $2,995 USD and the Sun Fire T2000 Server
 at $7,795 USD. For more information, please see or go to For more information on Sun's Try and Buy program, go to
     Canonical's technical support for Ubuntu on SPARC servers starts at
 $700 USD per year for a single machine. For more information, please see .
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     About Canonical Ltd.
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 promotion of open source software, and to the provision of commercial tools
 and support services on a global basis. Canonical's award-winning Ubuntu
 operating environment has been adopted as the preferred solution in
 governments, schools and businesses around the world. The company employs
 developers and support engineers across 15 countries and is headquartered
 in the Isle of Man. For more information, please check .
      Alex Plant
      Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      Terri Molini
      Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      Jane Silber
      Canonical Ltd.
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 Fire, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered
 trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other
     All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and
 other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an
 architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Ubuntu and Canonical are registered trademarks of Canonical Ltd.

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