Sun Microsystems Donates More Than $6 Billion of StarOffice Productivity Software and Sun Technologies to Schools Worldwide, Reaching Over 240 Million Students

Sun Gives Students Access to Technology to Advance Learning in the Classroom

Without Expensive Licensing Fees

Sep 17, 2002, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continuing its
 aggressive and ongoing campaign to equip students and educators worldwide with
 access to open source technology, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) has
 donated more than $6 billion worth of StarOffice(TM) 6.0 -- a Sun(TM) ONE open
 net environment software offering -- to academic institutions throughout the
 world.  Donations have already been made to the Ministries of Education in the
 People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Chile, valued at more than
 $5.7 billion and reaching more than 200 million students.  This week, Sun
 embarks on its next wave of donations in Europe which will reach an additional
 18 million students, with planned donations in Africa.  Reaching an
 unprecedented 240 million students worldwide, Sun's innovative technology
 solutions are enabling students to advance in the classroom environment and
 prepare for their future careers.
     Long dedicated to the success and advancement of the world's education and
 research communities, Sun is offering this unequalled, no-cost licensing
 donation to primary and secondary schools in:  France, Germany, Sweden.
 Through this far-reaching and ambitious initiative, StarOffice 6.0 -- one of
 the world's leading open productivity software suites based on open source
 development -- will become the de facto office suite of choice for students
 across the globe.
     "Sun is reaching out to schools in order to familiarize tomorrow's
 workforce with the technology that will fuel their success in the global
 marketplace. Our goal of making Star Office 6.0 available to education
 institutions across the globe is to level the playing field for both students
 and educators so that they have access to the tools that will help them
 advance in the classroom and succeed in the workforce," said Kim Jones, vice
 president of global education and research of Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Unlike
 other technology vendors that lock schools into expensive licensing models,
 Sun is committed to giving the global education community access to the Star
 Office productivity suite at no cost."
     Today's donation provides an unlimited number of user licenses of the
 StarOffice 6.0 open-source software package, which works across multiple
 platforms including Linux, Solaris and Windows operating systems.  While
 schools using Microsoft Office have been locked into stringent licensing
 policies and limited user access, Sun's global donation initiative is tasked
 with providing as many students and teachers as possible a choice in
     StarOffice 6.0 offers a complete set of tools, including word processing,
 spreadsheet, presentation graphics, image editing and drawing programs. Based
 on its licensing model and ability to work across platforms, deployment of
 StarOffice 6.0 is cost effective and allows academic institutions to deliver
 productivity- and creativity-enhancing tools to advance student learning,
 while keeping limited budget dollars focused on the students.
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