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InternetWeek: Sun To Offer Solaris, Source Code Free

Jan 26, 2000, 17:27 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mitch Wagner)

"Sun Microsystems plans to offer its new version of Solaris free of charge, the company will announce today."

"At the launch of Solaris 8 in New York, Sun will offer the binaries and source-code for the new OS, in an apparent bid to convince customers and vendors to support the new platform at the expense of Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 2000 and Linux operating systems...."

"Now, Sun is throwing community licensing open to all users, in a move driven by the widespread popularity of the open-source Linux operating system. Sun hopes to spur sales of its systems by making it easier for vendors and users to modify the code to suit their individual needs. The lost revenue will be trivial, and will be made up by increased systems sales, Sun said."

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