Japanese Government Chooses OpenSolaris

Sun Microsystems Brings Global Governments Online with Open Architectures: "The government of Japan has been keenly exploring ways to provide electronic government services for many years, which led to the formulation of the 'New IT Reform Strategy' in January 2006. The strategy has a goal of making 50 percent of all applications and filings for government agencies to be submitted online by 2010, which can only be attained if the service infrastructures are up to speed with taxpayers' expectations. Sun was chosen to create an integrated and inherently secure network, called Trusted Network, which will help enable a true one-stop service infrastructure. The complete Sun solution is comprised of OpenSolaris OS, Sun Java System Identity Manager software, Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite and Sun Ray thin clients." -- Sun press release

Cool. Nice to see OpenSolaris embraced in the government market. More here -- Japan picks Sun for e-governance
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Impressive.

Once again we get to see why Japanise kick butt. They're high-tech, cutting edge, as usual.

Wish only some countries in Europe were more like Japan in that respect, running on Solaris instead of desktop PC-buckets with puny .NET junk on them.

Posted by UX-admin on December 16, 2007 at 01:24 PM JST #

I wish we had an open source software based meritocratic omniarchy..
But this is one step closer, so I welcome it, I guess.

It would be really nice if our communities weren't divided by license issues as much as they are. Perhaps we'll see the GNU/OpenSolaris distros start bridging this gap.

Posted by ethana2 on December 17, 2007 at 04:11 AM JST #

A quality product for a \*.\*.ja need. The infulence of integrety. Sleeping at the shrine does a lot for the soul. Peace be with you Jim and Family this xmas season. Marguerite and Ralph Gerwing
Vancouver Metro BC CA

Posted by GerwingR on December 17, 2007 at 04:18 AM JST #

congrats on the japanese government going with solaris. Would solaris be any better in terms of security over linux?

Posted by ping on December 17, 2007 at 07:25 AM JST #

UX-admin ... it's cool that the Japan govt is doing this. They seem determined to explore open source in many ways. However, the Japanese market is dominate by Microsoft. Hopefully, with the govt leading the way, the market will follow. This market is tightly controlled so this is a great sign. :)

Posted by guest on December 17, 2007 at 08:57 AM JST #

UX-admin ... it's cool that the Japan govt is doing this. They seem determined to explore open source in many ways. However, the Japanese market is dominate by Microsoft. Hopefully, with the govt leading the way, the market will follow. This market is tightly controlled so this is a great sign. :)

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on December 17, 2007 at 08:58 AM JST #

ethana2 ... I have high hopes for Nexenta. :)

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on December 17, 2007 at 09:00 AM JST #

GerwingR ... a quality product needed, I agree. The Japanese are very, very secretive so it's tough to tell when things will come along. However, I would not at all be surprised if they surprise the world, actually. Because they are quiet doesn't mean that nothing is going on. That's the biggest lesson I've learned here. Thanks for good wishes, too. You, too, of course. :)

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on December 17, 2007 at 09:03 AM JST #

ping ... Solaris has always been known for it's security, but I understand that Linux is quite secure as well.

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on December 17, 2007 at 09:04 AM JST #

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