Sun sponsors Free Software Foundation

Sun Microsystems has become a "patron" sponsor of the Free Software Foundation, the organization founded by Richard Stallman that ultimately spawned the open-source software movement.

Simon Phipps, Sun's chief open-source officer, announced the move on his blog Saturday.

"Both organizations have been promoting software freedom in different ways for more than two decades, albeit in different ways and with different objectives," Phipps said.

Sun sponsors Free Software Foundation.