#>I just had an idea!!
#>Sun should be giving away all kinds of PC-NFS and Mac-NFS software
#>with their machines. This would make using Suns as servers in networked
#>offices the obvious choice at very little cost to Sun. It is an incredible
#>pain to try and network an office when you need to pay $$$ for each PC-NFS
#>node, etc,etc. A real commitment to open systems would be
#>to provide people with the tools necessary to open up the systems that they
#>have without bleeding them for money every step of the way. This kind
#>of approach could quickly strengthen Sun's market position incredibly.
#>Sound stupid?? Well, isn't Sun's promininence in the market a pretty direct
#>result of practically giving a lot of machines to Universities??
Actually, there is a loophole by which Sun almost gives away
PC-NFS, at least at a very substantial discount. If you have
one of the PC-NFS competitors, such as FTP's PC/TCP, Sun
offers a competitive upgrade at a fraction of the
full price. I think I'm paying something like $675 for
a ten-user license. Since we have a site license for
PC/TCP, that was similarly priced, and I've only paid about
a third of the advertised price for PC-NFS. I certainly
wouldn't argue against Sun giving it away for free, but
until then ... (The $675 includes the base package, the
license, and the documentation.)
#University of California at Berkeley Richmond Field Station