SAQ wrote:Sun did OpenSolaris and Solaris/free to sell support and servers. Oracle (as has been said) isn't nearly as interested in taking on financial liabilities to build operating system or hardware market share, especially given that SPARC wasn't gaining much in the way of market share over the past few years.
Okay, all this is logical and sensible and so on. But it's also stupid.
Unless they plan to run Linux or AIX or Irix or HP-UX on their integrated vertical database "solutions" they have to keep working on Solaris anyhow. If they are too poor to pay for the downloading bandwidth, just make one copy available to me and I'll produce and sell them for four ninety-five each and make a tidy profit. The real cost of a software DVD is way under a buck and I can prove it. Ahem
What do they lose by making Solaris available ? Nothing. As people have said over and over and over, the Oracle model is selling solutions to big enterprises that need their expertise. Cutting Mom and Pop out of the equation isn't going to cost them a nickel.
However, it does cost them good will to close off access. It does cost them a pool of tech people who are acquainted with Solaris and like it. It does cost them mindshare. It does cost them visibility and puts them into the same coffin with IBM and DB2. And unless they have god himself working in the programming department, it also costs them outside constructive criticism and original ideas. Hell, most companies pay for advertising. These nerds refuse to accept it for free.
It's a stupid plan. Gain nothing, lose something. "But we're not gonna give anything away ! you kids get outta them apple trees !" It's the standard tight-assed, tight-fisted penny-grasping death grip dog in the manger mentality that eventually metastasizes throughout the company and causes death by rigidity. It's endemic to the US now. Why do all you honkies got such a tight ass ?
And it seemed like this one was going to be okay