Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Open Source Software vs. Sun Microsystems

Is Open Source software really free? My limited knowledge suggests you still have to pay for support. Same can be said for record beating Solaris 10 from Sun Microsystems (in fact all Sun Software is free and you just pay for support). So now you have a real choice.

Sun offers an alternative to Windows with the Solaris Enterprise System, a unified platform of Solaris 10, Java Enterprise System, developer tools, desktop infrastructure and N1 management software.

Sun claims "Solaris 10 includes more than 600 features that make it the most efficient, secure, and reliable operating system ever built". Sun has spent $500 million to produce Solaris 10. What's more interesting is that its bundled with 188 Open Source software products from:
  1. Apache, Tomcat and Zebra software for network and Web services
  2. Bison, GCC, Perl and Python tools for software development
  3. IP Filter, TCP Wrappers and Secure Shell utilities for security
  4. GNOME, Mozilla, and Evolution for desktop usability
Performance of Sun Java System Web Server against Apache 2.0, Tomcat, and OpenSSL shows Sun is faster.

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Blogger Dennis Howlett said...

Depends on the type of licence granted asto what yo upay for. Free is the usual thing with no support - that's the starting point for how OSS makes any money

4:41 am  
Blogger Manoj Ranaweera said...

But not always the case. I believe OpenCRM claims its software is free. But they charge for hosting. They do not offer the choice to download and run the software off your server as SugarCRM. So you always have to pay. In this scenario, the solution is not free.

This is highly misleading.

5:02 am  

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