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Red Herring: Sun folds to open-source trend

Oct 03, 1999, 19:04 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew A. DeBellis)

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"Freely distributing source code for a key software product isn't necessarily a winning strategy for Sun Microsystems...according to several Sun watchers."

"Although Solaris could reach more software developers, there's no guarantee programmers will pick it up, says Michael Tiemann, founder of Cygnus Solutions, a maker of open-source software development tools."

"Sun plans to make public its source code for Solaris software, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, which cited comments from Sun chief technology officer, Greg Papadopoulos. On Friday, October 1, 1999 a Sun spokesman refused to elaborate on the comments, explaining that no date has been set for releasing the code."

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