Winners of Community Innovation Program Awards Recognized; Community Prepares for 3.0 : Sun Sponsored Awards Program Recognizes Open Source Technology Innovation with 24 Community Members Sharing $175,000 Prize

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Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA) today announced the winners of the Community Innovation Challenge designed to fuel innovation and community around, as the community prepares for the imminent launch of its next-generation productivity suite, 3.0. The contest was part of Sun's million-dollar Open Source Community Innovation Challenge Program, a multi-year program supporting several Sun-sponsored open source communities.

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"It has been a pleasure to contribute QATrack, which gives the Community the ability to track the qualification of the many releases being worked on," said Gold Medal winner Per Eriksson. "I look forward to future involvement with this truly innovative, global project."

"In support of Sun's commitment to free and open-source software and the communities that sustain it, we developed the Open Source Community Innovation Awards Program to foster innovation and community, and to recognize the most interesting initiatives within open source communities worldwide," said Louis Suarez-Potts, community development manager for at Sun. "The winners the Program Committee chose have demonstrated extraordinary creativity and collaboration, and their work has fuelled significant growth in the community. Frankly, the work is exciting and we have every hope and expectation that the contestants will continue to participate. And that was what it was all about: building the community by doing interesting work."

The six Gold Medal winners and categories include the following:

Technical, Core - Maximilian Odendahl of Odendahl SEPT-Solution for the Notes2 project. Technical, Core - László Németh an Independent developer and professional biologist; active in Hungarian Free Software Movement for the Hunspell project. Technical, Core - Regina Henschel a secondary school teacher and independent developer for the "Improve numerical stability of spreadsheet functions: in Calc project. Technical, Extensions - Dominique Archambault (Team Leader) of Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris for the odt2book project.

Technical, Extensions - Per Eriksson an independent developer for the QA Track 2.0: An Information Portal for the Community project. Special - Daniel Naber (Team Leader) a Java(TM) technology developer from Germany for the Language Tool project. All Silver and Bronze Medal winners, along with honorable mentions. would like to congratulate the award winners - the Community looks forward to seeing their projects develop. To hear podcast sessions with Simon Phipps and Medal winners Regina Henschel, Dominique Archambault and Vincent Spiewak visit Sun news.

Sun is celebrating the growth of the open source community. In addition to, Sun's open source portfolio of products includes GlassFish(TM), OpenJDK(TM), Open Storage, OpenSolaris(TM) NetBeans(TM), MySQL(TM), PostgreSQL and OpenSPARC(TM). For more on Sun's open source offerings.

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