The Sun/China Deal on Open-source Desktop System

This article is from the Computerworld. It was about the Sun/China Deal announced in November 2003. According to the deal, Sun Microsystems “will provide China Standard Software (CSSC) with as many as 1 million seats pea year of its Java Desktop System.

The article also said:” The Java Desktop system consists of the GNOME desktop environment, StarOffice applications, the Mozilla browser, Evolution mail and calendar software, Java 2 Standard Edition and a Linux operating system. The CSSC is a consortium of Chinese technology companies that executes government technology initiatives.

The agreement, which helped boost Sun’s stock price by close to 2 percent Tuesday, is part of a worldwide, government-led trend toward open-source systems that has emerged in recent months. The European Union, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and other countries are either investigating open-source now or have already adopted policies to embrace it.

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