Sun and Redflag Chinese 2000 to Collaborate on Projects

Announce Engineering Effort in the Ongoing Development of the World's

Leading Free Productivity Suite

May 23, 2007, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems,
 Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW), the community and Redflag Chinese 2000
 Software Co., Ltd., today announced a joint development effort that will
 focus on integrating new features in the Chinese localization of, as well as quality assurance and work on the core
 applications. Additionally, Redflag Chinese 2000 made public its commitment
 to the global community stating it would strengthen its
 support of the development of the world's leading free and open source
 productivity suite.
     Under the provisions of the agreement, Beijing Redflag Chinese 2000,
 which produces the popular RedOffice, will add to the
 open source project approximately 50 engineers, some of whom have been
 working on the project since the second half of 2006.
     In a signing ceremony at the First International Summit,
 in Beijing, China, HU CaiYong, CEO of Redflag Chinese 2000, stated, "I look
 forward to the innovative and new accomplishments our collaboration will
 produce. I view this ceremony as saying Hello! from China to the community.
 There is much to learn -- for everyone. And much to gain."
     Sun Microsystems, Inc., the primary sponsor and contributor to the project, will assist Redflag Chinese 2000 in its engineering
 efforts. Redflag Chinese 2000 joins Novell, Intel, Red Hat, Good-Day, Inc.,
 of Japan, and many others in developing
     "We are glad to welcome Redflag Chinese 2000 to partner with us on, the world's leading free productivity suite and community,"
 said Rich Green, executive vice president, Software, Sun Microsystems.
 "Redflag's dedication and commitment to further strengthens
 the community and enhances the product with Chinese localization, quality
 assurance, and core productivity applications." is a key implementation of OpenDocument Format (ODF),
 the ISO 26300 open standard file format for office applications that is
 completely vendor neutral. The increasing number of
 contributors continues to strengthen the position of ODF, which is
 currently supported by a wide range of applications, including, StarOffice, KOffice, IBM Workplace, Google Apps as well as
 Microsoft Office and FireFox via plug-ins. ODF implementations are
 available for all major operating system platforms including the
 Solaris(TM) OS, Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, OS/2, FreeBSD and Symbian OS. continues to prove its popularity. The project estimates
 that there are several million users of the free productivity suite
 worldwide, and they use it in more than 100 languages and on every key
 platform. Since 2.2 was released in late March, there have
 been more than 2.7 million downloads from the Web site and
 most of these have been of the Windows version, making it the world's
 leading freely available productivity suite.
     About Redflag Chinese 2000
     The Beijing Redflag Chinese 2000 Software Co., Ltd., which was
 established in Dec. 2000, is a high-tech software subsidiary company of
 Chinese Academy of Science (ISCAS), and its main shareholders are the
 SINO-I Technology Limited and ISCAS. The company provides Chinese office
 software service mainly to Enterprises and government institutions, and
 devotes itself to the development of promoting in China for
 the long term. The Beijing Redflag Chinese 2000 Software Co., Ltd. has
 developed the first global Chinese Office Suite "RedOffice" based on For more information visit:
     The Community is an international team of volunteer and
 sponsored contributors who develop, support and promote the leading open
 source office productivity suite,'s leading
 edge software technology (UNO) is also available for developers, systems
 integrators, etc to use in extensions or in their own
 applications. supports the OpenDocument Format for Office Applications
 (OpenDocument) OASIS Standard (ISO/IEC 26300) as well as legacy industry
 file formats and is available on major computing platforms in more than 90
 languages. software is provided under the GNU Lesser General
 Public Licence (LGPL) and may be used free of charge for any purpose,
 private or commercial.
     The Community acknowledges generous sponsorship from a
 number of companies, including Sun Microsystems, the founding sponsor and
 primary contributor. StarOffice(TM) and in Asia, StarSuite(TM) software are
 Sun's professional distribution of
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