Monday, November 15, 2004

Boston.com / Business / Technology / Sun Microsystems' new software to be free

Boston.com / Business / Technology / Sun Microsystems' new software to be free: "After investing roughly $500 million and spending years of development time on its next-generation operating system, Sun Microsystems Inc. today will reveal an aggressive price for the software: It's free.
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''Hewlett-Packard sells a printer at a low price and makes a lot of money on printer cartridges. Gillette gives you the razor and makes a lot of money on the blades," said Scott McNealy, Sun's chief executive. ''There are different ways to drive market penetration."
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Last month, Sun announced its second consecutive quarter of revenue growth, though profits remain elusive. McNealy said he believes the company he cofounded in 1982 has already turned the corner, though the financials have yet to show it. ''There's always a lag with companies our size," he said. ''And that's assuming we're not making dumb mistakes right now that I don't know about.""
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