"Code collectors rejoice! Sun is about to unleash millions of
lines of office productivity code upon an unsuspecting world. After
publicly disparaging the GPL (GNU General Public License) for the
better part of two years, Sun's finally warmed up to the Free
Software Foundation's license and committed itself to open sourcing
its StarOffice suite of office productivity applications."
"Sun quoted almost everyone but me in its press release, so
at least this open source project isn't coming from left field and
flopping to the ground lifeless. And Sun's been smart enough not to
tie StarOffice to the purchase of $75 worth of books like they did
with the Solaris source code. Obviously change is in the air over
in Mountain View."
"Sun spent nearly $75 million (or maybe they bartered one
million Solaris documentation packages?) on Star Division last year
to acquire StarOffice. That's a heck of a lot of money to spend if
all you plan to get out of it is a "Sun"/"Star" pun in your
portfolio. While the amortized costs of other open source
technologies such as Netscape/Mozilla or even IBM's JFS could
conceivably be pegged higher, this is certainly the biggest-ever
open source deal that we can label with a cold, hard dollar
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