Thursday, December 01, 2005

Free and Open Software (FOS)

Jon Schwartz has long been a fan of Free and Open Software (FOS) and yesterday announced that Sun will bundle Java Enterprise System and Developer Tools with Solaris, to make the Solaris Enterprise System.

This was poorly received by the markets, as Sun stock fell hard on the news. But today things are rebounding - so either it was a technical price movement, or the analysts are waking up to the fact that it really does make sense.

The challenge for Sun is to persuade business customers to subscribe to support services. If they don't, they will get high adoption with no/low revenue growth. This is where Red Hat excels. Red Hat only provide download access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) via paid subscription per server. How will Sun's "per employee" model compete with this?

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