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Sun to charge governments per-citizen

By   |  July 28, 2004

Sun Microsystems says more affordable software is now within reach of developing nations through its new per-citizen pricing model for national and local governments.

The unique licensing model available to government entities such as countries, provinces, states and cities in less developed and least developed countries and regions, is based on pricing ranging from US $0.33 to $1.95 per citizen per year.

Lodewyk de Beer, systems engineer at Sun Microsystems SA, says the actual pricing is based on two factors:

the number of citizens in the respective government entity and the stage of development of the country as defined by the United Nations\’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs classification.

\”With our new per-citizen pricing model, governments of developing nations can reallocate punitive software licensing fees to critical tasks such as healthcare and education. And the expanded platform support allows these nations to deliver network services to citizens and customers on the architecture of their choice,” says De Beer.

\”By calculating the price on these factors, world-class software can be made available to nations that can’t afford to allocate large budgets to technology,” he says.

There is also good news for the many governments that are ditching their proprietary operating systems in facour of open source ones: the latest release of JES is now also available for the Linux OS. JES is already available on the Solaris Operating System (OS) for SPARC and x86 based systems, including Xeon and AMD Opteron-based systems. The company says it has future plans to extend support to Windows and HP-UX.


One Response to “Sun to charge governments per-citizen”

  1. Yemi
    October 30th, 2004 @ 12:00 am

    I think that this is a great collaboration of brilliant thinkers. They are working towards extending the ability for my mother to work in a stable environment and not get flooded with enormous virus warnings or pop up ads. I think they should move toward getting together with a hardware reseller and provide low cost laptops (and some desktops) to the community (and I mean, world community). Novell is entering this market space and another player with a strong software foundation will make the playing field fun and unobtrustive.

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