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Sun Microsystems Embraces Free Software: An Interview with Patrick Finch

May 27, 2007, 18:00 (4 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Danijel Orsolic for this link. ]

"2.) Sun seems to have changed a lot recently, with much more interest in Free Open Source Software. Can you tell us something about the changes in philosophy and the business model?

"Absolutely. Sun has gone through a major transition after a couple of tough years. I'd say that this has given us a deeper insight into what matters in our market -almost an enlightened sense of self-interest. Sun, of course, remains a business, but one that understands that open source is the best model of software development and that Free software leads to the healthiest software markets. If you are making and selling software, you can do one of two things. You can develop it in a closed room and charge people money to use your software, or you can do it in the open, let people use the software for free (after all, it costs you nothing extra once the software is written) and then charge for the things that you can do that the customer cannot or chooses not do for themselves. We believe the latter is how the software market of the future will work. And you have to bear in mind, Sun makes the infrastructure of the network. Infrastructure tends to be open, and tends to be used by large organisations who want the competence of an IT vendor. So we believe that the coming software market, which will be dominated by Free software, is a good match for our business..."

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