We're Giving Everything Away

Today's big news from Sun is that we're giving everything in our server-side software portfolio away free of charge - we're confident you'll like it all so much you'll buy our service and support packages, but there's no catch and no risk if you don't. The new Solaris Enterprise System incorporates Sun's complete software stack, and it's all available as a no-cost download. You'll remember we did the same with the Solaris 10 operating system before we open sourced it to make OpenSolaris, and this is the next step in our move into being a Participation Age software and systems company. Charging for binaries is so last millennium!

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I think this is fascinating news and will be interesting to see where this goes. I recall from your presentation on open source business models at the Colorado Software Summit this year (I asked the question about CC licensing!) that you talked about a progressive model of giving back to the commons and still innovating on top. Is Sun really going with a just-services model on top of this? Or are you just setting the commons bar and planning to sell an innovation on top of that stack?

Posted by Scott Mark on December 05, 2005 at 10:34 PM PST #

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