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Sun Strikes Java Software Deal With United Kingdom

Sun Microsystems's software strategy will pick up more steam Monday when the company plans to unveil an agreement with the U.K. government to distribute its Java enterprise software and Linux-based desktop operating system.

Under the terms of the deal, the purchasing body of the United Kingdom will use Sun's Java Enterprise System and the Java Desktop System as infrastructure and desktop software for the country's public sector, according to a Sun spokesperson.

Further details of Sun's latest software deal were not available at press time. The new strategic alliance comes on the heels of Sun's inking of a contract with a Chinese software consortium to distribute its Java Desktop System to citizens of China.

Under the terms of that deal, the China Standard Software Company (CSSC), a group of government-supported IT companies formed to deliver a standard, Linux-based desktop system for China, selected Sun as its preferred technology partner to help provide a nationwide standard desktop software system to the people of China.

Sun Executive Vice President Of Software Jonathan Schwartz said Sun stands to make a profit from the Chinese deal because the consortium is paying Sun for the intellectual property and products Sun delivers to the group. However, Sun has yet to show evidence of its claim that the Chinese government will install approximately 500,000 to 1 million seats per year starting at the end of this year.

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