Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Mar 2009 11:48 UTC, submitted by PLan
In the News In a move that would certainly shake up the computer industry quite a bit, IBM is reportedly in talks with Sun Microsystems about the possibility of IBM acquiring Sun. Sun is going through hard times at the moment, and has been actively looking for someone to be acquired by.
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RE[4]: why?
by deathshadow on Sun 22nd Mar 2009 15:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: why?"
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IBM doesn't get that it is a platform rather than a product and the only way you'll make headway against Office now is to have something free.

Oh yes, the only way to compete with a product that costs legitimate businesses $380 per complete copy or $80 for individual slices of - is with something that you don't charge for, meaning you have significantly less development money in the pipe to work with.

OoO and Symphony are cute toys, but even compared to Office 97 they are like a trip in the wayback machine to 1993 in terms of 'standard functionality'. What is needed is serious development revenue and frankly, you don't have that when you combine dirty hippy FLOSS with a package that the die hard coding geeks probably don't spend their entire day relying on. (Which is why free as in freedom free as in beer thrives for things like Apache or mySQL, and feels like the poor relatives you pretend you aren't home for at christmas when it comes to desktop applications).

I mean, even the simplest of things like the fact that OoO and Symphony STILL kern text like sweetly retarded crack addicts - makes them still feel like toys.

On top of which, if you want where the real money is, you BETTER charge for it. Businessmen are leery of 'free as in beer' AND 'free as in freedom' because the question becomes "did you even GO to business school?"

Capitolism - don't knock it, it actually works fairly well.

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