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Sun Creates Independent OpenSPARC Advisory Board, Includes New Linux Distribution

OpenSPARC And OpenSolaris Create Revenue Opportunities For Sun By Driving Broad Adoption of Core Technologies In New Markets

Sun Microsystems announced the creation of an independent OpenSPARC Community Advisory Board. The board is chartered with setting the direction for OpenSPARC, a community that fosters the creation of tools and derivative chip designs based on Sun's breakthrough UltraSPARC T1 processor. The community now includes a new GNU/Linux distribution, Gentoo Linux, which is supporting UltraSPARC T1 in the latest release of its popular open source operating system (OS), and the first published derivative of the chip design from Simply RISC.

"To grow we can't just rely on upgrading our installed base, we have to go after new customers, and that's what open source helps us do," said John Fowler, executive vice president of Sun's systems group. "OpenSolaris is clearly a runaway hit, and the OpenSPARC program helps us accelerate our adoption rate into the new, emerging Web 2.0 market. Last quarter 60 percent of the trial units for our Sun Fire CoolThreads servers went to new customers; that's a trend we want to continue."

Now providing oversight for the expanding OpenSPARC community is the new OpenSPARC Community Advisory Board (CAB). CAB will be comprised of five charter members, two from Sun and three outside the company. Nathan Brookwood, analyst with Insight 64; Assistant Professor Jose Renau, UC Santa Cruz; and Robert Ober, Fellow - CTO office, LSI Logic are joined by David Weaver, senior staff engineer, and Simon Phipps, Chief Open Source Officer, from Sun. The board will solicit input from the OpenSPARC community to shape the evolution of the initiative.

"By open sourcing its core technologies -- Solaris and SPARC -- Sun has moved from talking the talk of open systems to walking the walk," said Insight 64's Nathan Brookwood. "Since no company ever has a monopoly on creativity, Sun's ability to expand the community of those who can contribute to SPARC and Solaris should increase the market opportunities for all involved."


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linux news desk 10/03/06 01:00:31 AM EDT

Sun Microsystems announced the creation of an independent OpenSPARC Community Advisory Board. The community now includes a new GNU/Linux distribution, Gentoo Linux, which is supporting UltraSPARC T1 in the latest release of its popular open source operating system (OS), and the first published derivative of the chip design from Simply RISC.