Sun announces Open Source Community Innovation Awards progamme

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Bangalore, Dec 7 (UNI) Sun Microsystems, Open Source Community Innovation Award, a multi-year programme to foster innovation and recognize some of the most interesting initiatives within Sun-sponsored open source communities worldwide.

Addressing newspersons, Mr Simon Phipps, Chief Open Source Officer Sun Microsystems, here today informed that Sun which has invested over two billion dollars on Open Source and being invested over 230 million dollars annually has instituted Open Source Community Award with prizes expected to total at least one million USD a year.

He said that the programme which would begin in mid-January next year and anybody can participate on its six selected communities including GlassFish, NetBeans, OpenSolaris and OpenSPARC.

"Sun and six open source communities will announce details on how developers can participate in the individual programmes" he said.

Stating that each community would have its own contest rules and judging criteria, Prize winners will be announced in August 2008, he said. Informing that the use of Open Source Softwares across the world was surging Mr Phipps said that over 70 per cent of the usage will be run on open source by 2012 globally. "Open Sourcing is becoming mainstream trade and India will become major beneficiary of it" he said.

He said that Sun Microsystems made a public commitment to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and in doing so has contributed billions of dollars as well as more code, to Free Software than any other organization in the public or private sector. "This action enable Sun to build its products through the preferred means of co-production and to grow the potential market for Sun products and services. Sun believes in net contributors rather net-consumers to grow" he said.

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