Whether it decided to take a page from Google's playbook or simply wanted to reassure open sourcers that it does not employ "strong arm tactics" when it comes to open source projects, we'll never know. Regardless, Sun Microsystems announced an open source awards program that is slated to begin in mid-January.
According to bizjournals, Sun's Open Source Community Innovation Awards program is expected to give out prize money approaching $1 million within the next year. Six of the company's open source projects will participate: GlassFish, NetBeans, OpenJDK, OpenOffice.org, OpenSolaris and OpenSPARC.
Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz says the program is designed to promote innovation around Sun's products:
Every software product at Sun -- literally billions of dollars in assets -- is going free and open source, and fueling the communities and innovation around these technologies is our top priority. I can't wait to see the creativity, passion, and vibrancy of the program's participants.