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IT-Analysis.com: Sun To Move Solaris Closer to Linux Model

Jan 28, 2000, 17:11 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack of Hearts)

"Sun's VP for Solaris has said that the next release of Solaris, version 8, will ship for free (for all versions running on under 8 processors). There will be a $75 fee for the bundle of applications that come with Solaris, which will include the open source products Apache and Sendmail as well as a restricted version of Oracle 8i....Sun will move closer to the open source model under which Linux is marketed, by allowing users to modify Solaris. However Sun is not going to adopt the Linux license (the GPL). Commercial products using amended versions of Solaris will require a license agreement...."

"We do not expect Sun to be able to halt Linux any more than we expect Microsoft to be able to do so, but we believe that this move from Sun will probably having Microsoft, IBM and Hewlett-Packard considering how to respond. It is becoming clear that it is no longer possible to make big bucks from OS licenses except in the high-end market. Odd though this may seem, we expect this trend which has been set in train by Linux to lead software vendors into preferring the ASP model of software sales which is very much service oriented and which allows the vendors to bundle in a way that obscures the charges made for each component."

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