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CNET News.com: Sun slashes Solaris prices, opens code in marketing move

Jan 26, 2000, 15:23 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Sun Microsystems will move its Solaris operating system two steps in the direction of Linux, cutting its price and making it easier to scrutinize the software's blueprints, the company will announce tomorrow...."

"Solaris 7 costs about $695 for commercial use, but the upcoming Solaris 8 will be free--except for a $75 fee to cover the cost of several bundled software applications, according to Sun vice president of Solaris Anil Gadre. In addition, users will be able to modify the innards of Solaris without permission from Sun, though there will be restrictions on commercial products using such modified software...."

"Included in the $75 bundle will be several e-commerce software packages from the Sun-Netscape Alliance, Gadre said. Also bundled will be the free Sendmail email software and Apache Web server software, as well as a copy of Oracle 8i database that may be used only for research and development purposes."

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