Sun Joins OSDL; Strengthens Commitment to the Open-Source Community And Driving Open Standards

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/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 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, today 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,,,, 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, 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.
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. 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 .
     About OSDL
     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 .
     NOTE:  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. Third party marks and brands are the property of
 their respective holders.
     CONTACT:  Brett Smith of Sun Microsystems, Inc., +1-408-276-6143, or; or Lonn Johnston of Page One PR, +1-650-473-0600,
 ext. 101, or, for OSDL.

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