AND RED HAT ENTER INTO GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
FRANCISCO - May 19, 2003 -- Sun Microsystems,
Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) today announced that it has entered into
a global alliance agreement with Red Hat (NYSE: RHAT) to distribute
Red Hat's market leading Enterprise Linux operating system,
and to broaden the use of each other's technologies in the rapidly
growing volume server marketplace. As part of the agreement,
Red Hat will distribute Sun's Java Virtual Machine (JVM) with
Red Hat Enterprise Linux, extending the reach of the world's
most popular application environment. Sun will sell and support
all x86 versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux including Red Hat
Enterprise Linux AS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES and Red Hat
Enterprise Linux WS.
"This global alliance underscores Java's central role in
the evolution of the Internet and the critical function open
source and communities play in driving innovation," said
Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president, software, Sun Microsystems.
"The combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Sun's
x86 systems affirms our commitment to the open source community.
This relationship is the first of many efforts we expect to
drive together with Red Hat on the Linux and Java front."
Today's announcements underscore Sun's commitment to choice,
innovation and value. The combination of Java and Linux gives
customers a compelling, cost-effective, and reliable alternative
to proprietary offerings from Microsoft. Customers will benefit
from the latest high performance JVM on systems that use the
Solaris(tm) operating system or Red Hat Enterprise Linux.