Sun is giving servers for free

I read Jonathan Schwartz's blog and I find lot of new informations in his posts. His last post scared me a little bit ;) We are giving software for free - like NetBeans, OpenSolaris, OpenOffice, Creator, Sun Studio, Sun Java Studio Enterprise etc... and we will give servers for free now...
What will we make a profit on?

Seriously, I am not afraid because I read Jonathan's posts carefully and we won't give all servers and all software for free. It's more like try&buy model. Try it, test it and if you like it buy the enterprise version with full support. I think that this scenario is really conmfortable for everybody. If you don't want to spend a lot of money in a product when you're a startup company and you want to do everything by yourself the go this "Open" way and get everything for Free. And when you grow too much and you need support and updates then buy the enterprise version and pay for it...
Comments:

The free server offer seems actually to be just a free 60-day trial, that's what it says on the page Jonathan's blog links to, at least. The huge hassle with shipping makes it simply not worth it, not to mention the fact that it's almost impossible to run any kinds of serious cross-department trials in that amount of time. 365 days would be a completely different story, or even 180 days.

Posted by Mikael Gueck on December 19, 2005 at 01:34 PM CET #

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