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Sunday Business: Sun to Offer Alternative to Microsoft Desktop

Sep 11, 2002, 16:00 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Glover)

"Sun intends to combine its own software such as StarOffice with the free open-source operating system Linux to offer business-users a cost-effective alternative to Microsoft Office, which recently became more expensive. It is also likely that Sun will expand its Linux server offering to compete with Microsoft.

"Sun is promising 'high-impact announcements' when it hosts its annual network event for 3,000 customers, developers and partners in San Francisco from 18 to 20 September. A source close to the company claimed that planned new product announcements will be aimed at Microsoft and will involve combining Sun with Linux.

"'Linux is produced by small companies such as Red Hat,' said a Sun spokesman. 'What has been holding back its widespread adoption by business is the feared lack of good-quality worldwide support. They do not want to find that in emergencies they are only served by a 1-800 [freephone] number on the West Coast. Sun will offer soup-to-nuts support for companies using Linux...'

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