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.
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 170 countries and on the
World Wide Web at http://sun.com.
Don't miss the SunNetwork(SM) Conference and Pavilion being held September
18-20, 2002 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Register now and be among
the first to see a new generation of technologies that make the Net work. For
more information or to register for the conference, please visit
Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Fire, Solaris and The Network Is
The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
in the United States and other countries. 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.
For More Information:
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Alexander Ogilvy for Sun Microsystems, Inc.
MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here
SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.