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Red Herring: Solaris is "free," but not open

Jan 27, 2000, 22:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sarah Lai Stirland, Lawrence Aragon)

"For Sun Microsystems...the word "open" is a dangerous one these days."

"Under its new strategy for Solaris 8, Sun in March will start to distribute Solaris 8 either free over the Internet or for $75 on a CD. But the company will still act as a middleman that keeps a tight rein over the future direction of Solaris 8. Developers and hardware vendors who plan to commercially distribute their innovations with Solaris will still have to pay Sun royalties and licensing fees."

"That's the difference between us and the more open things," said Ed Zander, Sun's president and COO, making an oblique reference to Linux."

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