Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The benefits of freely distrubuted software products

This post by Jonathan Schwartz, the CEO of SUN, talks about SUN acquiring MySQL. But it also spells out the advantages of freely distributed products and of open source in general.
clipped from blogs.sun.com

Today, Sun announced we've closed the acquisition of MySQL - MySQL is now officially a part of Sun! From a dinner meeting back in late November, through some introspection from MySQL's CEO, to a closing today in late February - everyone involved showed a great sense of pace, urgency and excitement. And now, it's off to the races!

Companies that freely distribute their products, rather than limit access via pricing or proprietary licensing, are simply prioritizing adoption over immediate revenue - a good example of this is Microsoft's recent attempt to revive adoption of their developer tools in universities by lowering some prices to free.

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