Monday Jun 09, 2008

Student Reviews Contest Update

Last month we launched the Student Reviews Program aimed at promoting hands-on experience of open-source products for students around the world. Students can post their reviews to give feedback, discuss cutting-edge technologies, get connected with experts, as well as participate in student contests to win cool prizes.

The program started with a OpenSolaris 2008.5 and NetBeans 6.1 product reviews contest .
Student Reviews
48 students from 14 different countries -- Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Moldova, Pakistan, Romania, Sri Lanka, Sweden, USA and Vietnam -- have submitted 78 technical reviews during the contest period.

Check out the detailed contest update here.

Thursday Feb 28, 2008

Sun Helps Fulfill the Wish of Third TED Prize Winner--President Clinton

Tonight, onstage at TED in Monterey, Chris Anderson will give an update on the wishes of the third TED Prize winners and how their wishes have progressed since TED '07.  Sun will be there to report on how we've helped prizewinner President Clinton to begin to establish a healthcare system in Rwanda.

Along with AMD and Nokia, Sun is providing technology, training and expertise to help the Rwandan Government, Clinton Foundation and Partners in Health to manage patient records and clinics.

Learn more here.

Friday Nov 09, 2007

Now Available: New StarOffice Extensions

StarOffice now has cool new extensions -- small add-ons that adds functionality to StarOffice. The three below are most popular with couple of more extensions on the way. Stay tuned! In the mean time, try these out and let us know what you think via your review.

Sun Report Builder The Sun Report Builder adds a powerful database report editor to StarOffice Base. The Sun Report Builder is similar to a form designer, with visual tools that allow you to create reports by dragging and dropping database fields. There are three different header and footer types that provide you the flexibility you need to design smart and professional looking reports. You can even build multi-column reports with the Sun Report Builder.

eFax extension Send and receive faxes from within the StarOffice office suite! eFax is an online fax service that eliminates the need for a fax machine, an extra fax line and all the associated expenses (paper, ink cartridges etc.). You can continue to use your existing fax number or obtain a new number for free. When someone faxes to your number, the fax is displayed in the eFax Messenger solution if it's installed on your computer or the fax is converted to a file and is emailed to you as an attachment. The extension integrates eFax into StarOffice and gives you a free 30-day trial.

Sun Weblog Publisher The Sun Weblog Publisher allows you to quickly create, edit and publish weblog entries on many popular Blog servers. It is easy to use so that any user can start blogging right away! You can use the full functionality of StarOffice Writer such as spellchecking, key formatting tools like lists, tables, and pictures, and easy handling of hyperlinks to write articles for your blog. Then you can send the entire Writer document or just the current selection as a new entry to your blog. Everyone can create blog articles with pictures and text tables.

Monday Nov 13, 2006

Get Rich Quick

It's entirely fitting that Rich Green, Sun's top Software executive, chose to start his own Sun blog on this particular day. In his first days back at Sun last May, he and Jonathan Schwartz announced that Sun would release Java as open source. Now, barely six months later, open source code for Java SE and Java ME went live this morning on And even though we've been talking about this for months, you still can't escape the fact that this is a huge milestone in technology--when you consider how many people touch Java in one form or another every day (most researchers estimate the Internet population at close to 1 billion people) and how many devices (roughly 4 billion) depend on Java to run. The fact that Sun is kicking Java innovation up a notch is, well, huge.

I hope you'll keep going back to Rich's blog. He's super smart and a genuinely nice guy with a keen sense of humor--which I hope will make more of an appearance in his future blogs. Like many smart people, Rich thinks in metaphors, so one of the funniest parts of my job is listening to him weave together allusions to gym teachers, clean jerseys, pulling a Ghandi, flying the plane and osmotic pressure. And, even funnier, it all makes sense. Knowing Rich, after a blog or two, he'll relax and let the colorfulisms fly. Stay tuned.


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