Sun Microsystems Facilitates Community Learning With $180 Million Student Developer Program

Sun Shares the Opportunity, Provides: Sun Java Studio Enterprise, NetBeans

Mobility Pack, Sun Studio 10 and the Solaris 10 Operating System Free to


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Jun 28, 2005, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW), founder and
 lead advocate for Java(TM) technology, today introduced the Sun(SM) Developer
 Network (SDN) Student Developer Program, along with a 10-point action plan to
 provide students, researchers and game developers with $180 million in free
 training, tools, resources and grants to join millions of others in today's
 most exciting computing communities.
     The program extends the company's commitment to share its technology as
 part of the Share the Opportunity global giving initiative to increase network
 accessibility and provide opportunities for global economic growth and social
 progress worldwide.
     The comprehensive SDN Student Developer Program entitles students to free
 copies of the Sun Java(TM) Studio Enterprise, NetBeans(TM) Mobility Pack, Sun
 Studio(TM) 10, the Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System (OS) and many other Sun
 software products; training in the Solaris 10 OS; a 10 percent discount on
 Barnes & Noble books to qualifying students; and access to a valuable Sun
 hardware and software grant. To view the complete program offerings, go to: . To register and receive the Student
 Connection newsletter, go to: .
     The program brings to students the benefits of the already successful SDN,
 a comprehensive program and web site supporting the more than 4.5 million Java
 developers worldwide.
     "This new program gives student developers the tools, training and
 resources they need to maximize their marketability as they enter today's
 hottest fields in software development, including gaming, life sciences and
 open-source software," said Kim Jones, vice president, Global Education and
 Research, Sun Microsystems. "We're pushing the envelope of knowledge and
 innovation from a reliable software footing and providing it to the community
 to help further expand opportunities for student developers worldwide."
     "Application and systems performance never go out of fashion in computer
 science, and we are pleased to see Sun taking the lead in expanding the
 community of skilled technicians who can help us crack some of today's most
 challenging scientific questions," said Professor John Darlington, Imperial
 College, London.
     To help prepare students for a career in high-performance computing, and
 quickly realize the benefits of the SDN Student Developer Program, Sun
 developed a 10-point plan of action, including the following recommendations
 for student developers:
     -- Download the Solaris 10 OS, Sun Studio 10 and many other software
        platforms for free;
     -- Take a free Sun Academic Initiative (SAI) training class;
     -- Join an open-source project such as OpenSolaris, or
        NetBeans, and contribute;
     -- Access computer game development resources;
     -- Actively participate with other developers worldwide in the Java and
        Solaris forums; and
     -- Join fellow developers for training at Sun Tech Days in a city nearby.
     For more information and to sign up, go to: .
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     A singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer"(TM) -- guides Sun in
 the development of technologies that power the world's most important markets.
 Sun's philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the
 forefront of the next wave of computing:  the Participation Age. Sun can be
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      Carrie Kasten
      Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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