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The Standard: Monster Out of a Box: Sun Plans to Give Away Software

Sep 06, 1999, 22:36 (6 Talkback[s])

"Sun... is scooping up German software maker Star Division... Unlike Microsoft... Sun plans to offer the software for free, right off a Web site. ...Sun has its eyes on another prize: the servers that handle the traffic.

The Wall Street Journal considered the Star buy another in-Microsoft's-face move by Sun. Company president Ed Zander denied Sun is gunning for Redmond. ...Giga Information analyst told [Wall Street Journal's David] Hamilton that PC users are itching for more choice. A Giga survey reported 75 percent of IT managers would switch from Office if they had another choice.

The Los Angeles Times played up the Linux angle, pointing out that StarOffice is the most popular software among the penguin crowd. Of the software's 4 million users, 30 percent use the Linux operating system, not Windows."

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