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[News] Sun Bets on Free Open Source in Order to Benefit Customers

Sun Microsystems Seems Shady to Investors

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| The returns from investments in open source come from allowing
| potential customers to try the products and then follow up with real
| sales. It attracts customers. Google's YouTube developed on an non-Sun
| platform and they totally missed it. It took Sun 3 years to engineer
| out code they didn't own in order to make Solaris open source. By making
| it open source this should not happen in the future.


They also have some ties with Canonical (Ubuntu).


Free Solaris 10 and Sun Studio Software Media Kit

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| For a limited time, Sun is offering a free DVD media kit which includes
| the Solaris 10 Operating System for both SPARC and x86 platforms as well
| as Sun Studio 11 software.


Will Sun Use GPLv3?

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| First of all, Sun has been engaged directly in the GPL v3 process
| since it started. My colleagues and I attended the launch conference
| in Cambridge, MA at the start of 2006 - I even logged the
| conversation with my friend and collaborator Danese Cooper of Intel.


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