/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 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.
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 http://www.sun.com .
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 .
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
firstname.lastname@example.org; or Lonn Johnston of Page One PR, +1-650-473-0600,
ext. 101, or email@example.com, for OSDL.
SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.