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ComputerWorld: Sun Strives to Undercut Linux

Jan 31, 2000, 18:37 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Robinson)

"In what analysts said was an effort to contain market share gains made by Linux, Sun Microsystems Inc. last week announced that its Solaris 8.0 operating system will be free on servers with up to eight processors when it ships March 5."

"Sun isn't the only Unix vendor losing market share as Linux's popularity grows and the operating system is considered for commercial development environments. Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM are feeling its pinch as well, according to a survey from International Data Corp. (IDC)..."

" 'For HP, Windows NT or HP-UX or Linux are all sensible operating environments for our Intel product line. That's markedly different from Sun, which doesn't have an Intel product line,' said Les Wilson, a manager at HP in Cupertino, Calif. 'To Sun, Linux is a huge threat. When a customer buys a Linux server, they aren't buying a Sun server.' "

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