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Fortune: Why Open Source Doesn't Always Mean Free

Jun 23, 2004, 22:45 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Kirkpatrick)

"The software wars continue, more dramatically than ever. Sun Microsystems is in the thick of it, but up to now, not to its advantage. It hasn't been able to turn off the tap of red ink. But Sun President Jonathan Schwartz remains a consummate optimist, as he showed in a detailed e-mail in response to my June 9 column, 'Surprised by the Microsoft-SAP Talks?'

"The column dealt with how software is becoming the indisputable center of the IT industry, and thus a more dynamic arena of competition, acquisition, and contention. I explained that Schwartz (along with Microsoft Chief Software Architect Bill Gates) had recently said we were approaching a time when hardware essentially would be free..."

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