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Sun Microsystems sets new Singapore record

Ross O. Storey | Jan. 20, 2009
Thousands of IT developers gather for major conference in Singapore

Reginal Hutcherson, director, Technology Outreach, Sun Microsystems Inc, as the Warrior God

SINGAPORE, 20 JANURAY 2009 - Multinational open source and Unix evangelist firm Sun Microsystems is claiming a record for Singapore's largest number of developers gathered in one place, to celebrate the Lunar New Year with traditional Chinese rattle-drums.

The record attempt, officiated by the Singapore Book of Records, saw 1,000 software developers come together this morning at the Lion City launch of Sun Tech Days, part of one of the world's largest global developer conference series.

Across the globe the Sun Tech Days conferences, now in their eleventh year, have brought together 150,000 developers from six continents.

In November, Sun Microsystems, which employs some 34,000 people across the world, announced restructuring plans, over this year, that could cut 6,000 jobs globally - more than 15 percent of its global workforce - due to the economic downturn.  Sun said then that the layoffs will save the company US$700 million to $800 million a year.

The two-day Singapore event is being held at the Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore.

Open source advocate

Sun Tech Days is part of Sun Microsystems' commitment to foster open source technology, which they say enables developer communities to collaborate and innovate without barriers, and for enterprises to reduce costs'.

We set the record for the most number of developers celebrating the upcoming Lunar New Year, said Gan Boon San, President, Asia South, Sun Microsystems. This reinforces how as a community, we can make things happen and spur each other onto greater heights. In the year of the Ox, prosperity will come to those who are united and work hard.

In keeping with the Chinese New Year theme, Reginald Hutcherson, director, Technology Outreach, Sun Microsystems Inc, dressed as the Warrior God to help declare the conference open.

An early keynote speaker was Sun's Senior Vice President of the Solaris Engineering group Jeff Jackson, one of the originators of the J2EE project, who manages the Solaris operating systems, clustering, database and storage software. Jackson is one of the brains behind Sun's Open Source program surrounding OpenSolaris, the Java Desktop and other Solaris technologies.


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