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Mar 08, 2000, 06:49 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Linux holds a lot of promise, and it will bring prices down," says Biland of Snap-on, which is using Linux systems for E-business applications. One of the price benefits of Linux, Biland says, is that companies can run the operating system on a $3,000 desktop machine instead of a Unix server costing $20,000. Snap-on built a Linux server for its auto-dealer portal using Red Hat Software's Linux Secured Server for $118, he says. "We would've had to pay $2,000 for a Unix license."

"At the end of January, Sun Microsystems made the source code for its core Java technology, Java 2 Platform Standard Edition, available for free. Sun charged licensing fees for the source code when it was unveiled in 1996 until December 1998, when it introduced a Community Source License program that eliminated licensing fees but continued to require developers to pay a royalty for every application using Java 2 that was sold...."

"Businesses are making open-source software a standard part of their IT portfolios. In addition to lower prices, "we can get better products delivered more quickly from open sources," says David Pennington, chief systems engineer at Atlanta retailer Home Depot Inc., which is using Java to write nearly all its applications."

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