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VARBusiness: Sun Solaris Shoots Salvo In System Software Skirmish

Jan 31, 2000, 01:46 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sandy Portnoy, Paula Rooney)

"The epic battle between Microsoft Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. for the enterprise is coming to a head. With Microsoft set to launch Windows 2000 next month, Sun last week said it will offer its Solaris 8 operating system for free."

" 'The price of Solaris is built in to the hardware anyway, so it's meaningless,' said Chris Ray, a Windows 2000 program manager at Microsoft. Sun charges three times more what a customer can buy in a comparable Windows 2000 system,' he said. 'They have a lot of room to give away the operating system for free when they're charging that much for hardware.' "

"Sun is playing catch-up since IBM has bundled AIX essentially free with its RS6000 servers for years, said Miles Barel, program director for IBM's Unix marketing. But other company executives said they have not yet worked out pricing for IBM's upcoming 64-bit Monterey operating system, which will, like Solaris 8, run on Intel boxes. "How that will work has yet to be established," Barel said."

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