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Ovum: Will Free Software Offers Pay Off for Sun?

Dec 04, 2005, 01:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Mitchell, Gary Barnett, Ian Wesley)

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"Sun Microsystems has made the latest in its series of open-source announcements. A very wide range of its products will be available free of charge for both development and production use. The products include the six Java suites that Sun provides, the N1 management software, development tools such as Java Studio Enterprise, the SunRay ultra-thin client software, and Sun Secure Global Desktop Software. In short this represents a large proportion of Sun's software assets.

"Comment: This announcement has provoked intense debate within Ovum. We agree that this is a hugely bold move on Sun's part, and we agree with Sun's long-term vision of how the global market is evolving. But we cannot yet agree on whether this big bet is going to pay off for Sun..."

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