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ZDNet: Sun's StarOffice No Longer Free

May 28, 2002, 13:00 (11 Talkback[s])
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"Sun Microsystems is to drop its free downloads of StarOffice 5.2 on Wednesday night, as it ramps up promotional efforts around the fee-based StarOffice 6.0, the company said. In the meantime, Sun and Ximian announced a distribution deal bundling StarOffice 6.0 with fee-based Ximian products.

"Sun's maneuvres with StarOffice are being closely watched as open-source software businesses continue to search for ways to boost revenues. Paid, proprietary software is controversial in the open-source world, which is based on the theory that profits can be made on "free" products, but some open-source companies say it is the only way to continue to fund themselves.

"Sun said it will stop free downloads of StarOffice 5.2 at midnight on Wednesday night, but will continue selling two packaged versions of the product: $39.95 for StarOffice 5.2 Deluxe and $9.95 for StarOffice 5.2 Slim Kit. StarOffice 6.0 can be bought as a packaged product or a download..."

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