The article below was posted to comp.os.linux.announce. While I'm very
happy that this offer is being made, and I join with Linus in applauding
Solid's involvement, I think the Subject line of the post should still
read COMMERCIAL. If it were Solid's intention to release their software
freely on a permanent basis, I would have nothing to say. But since the
offer is only good for a limitted time, after which point we are
encouraged to upgrade to the pay-version, I believe that indicates the
post as definitely of a commercial nature.
If comp.os.linux.announce is only going to use the COMMERCIAL label on
posts that make an immediate request for money, then we may see many
commercial posts masquerading as free offers (not that Solid intended such
a masquerade). I'm sure Solid would agree that they are making a
commercial offer, and would not find the COMMERCIAL label on their subject
line to be a misrepresentation of their motives.
For me, the bottom line is simply this: if comp.os.linux.announce is going
to use the COMMERCIAL label at all, it should include free-trial-period
offers like this one. Solid is making this offer because it hopes to make
money from it, not because it wants to make the software freely
available, and that's the difference.
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| PRESS RELEASE 14th March 1997
|ROBUST DATABASE FOR ADVANCED LINUX USERS
|SOLID DESKTOP FOR LINUX OFFERED FREE OF
|CHARGE TO DEVELOPERS
|Solid Information Technology Ltd today announced a campaign
|targeted at the community of Linux developers. Between March
|and September 1997 Linux enthusiasts will be presented with
|a free personal version of the robust SQL database engine
|SOLID Server. Numerous commercial and non-commercial web
|sites are joining Solid Information Technology Ltd in this
|program by letting their web visitors download the free
|SOLID Desktop from their site.
|Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, comments on the initiative:
|"This generous offer from Solid is warmly welcomed in the Linux
|community, and I share the enthusiasm of my fellow Linux
|developers around the globe. Solid's campaign manifests the
|mutual benefits commercial and non-commercial groups may have."
|"With this campaign we want to show our appreciation of the
|voluntary efforts that are so characteristic of the Linux
|community," states Artturi Tarjanne, President of Solid
|Information Technology Ltd. "In just a few years, Linux
|has grown from an academic exercise into a commercially viable
|solution. Today, some of the hottest software development
|projects on earth are Linux based. Those highly mission-critical
|systems need a robust, commercial database management system,
|and we've got it. And if anybody is in doubt regarding the
|care-free nature of SOLID Server, we offer free technical
|support until the end of April 1997."
|The SOLID Desktop for Linux is offered free of charge for anyone
|to download from numerous web sites around the world. The licence
|is for personal and development use. Solid offers free technical
|support until the end of April 1997. Users can at any time choose
|to upgrade the software to the commercially available SOLID
|Server for client/server applications and SOLID Web Engine for
|web applications. SOLID Server is also available on other Unix
|systems and on all Windows platforms.
|SOLID Server is a unique product by Solid Information Technology
|Ltd, a privately held innovator of breakthrough database
|technologies. SOLID Server database components are in embedded
|use in web sites, diesel engines, elevator control systems, point
|of sale systems, travel agency systems, sales force automation
|systems, and many more.
|To download your own copy of SOLID Desktop for Linux, access
|http://www.solidtech.com/linuxfre.htm to find a site near you.
|Free technical support over e-mail is available until the end of
|For other inquiries, please contact Mr Iko Rein,
|Solid Information Technology Ltd, http://www.solidtech.com.
|SOLID Server is a trademark and the SOLID logo is a registered
|trademark of Solid Information Technology Ltd.
|Solid Information Technology Ltd
|Huovitie 3, FIN-00400 Helsinki, Finland
|Tel +358 9 477 4730
|Mobile +358 40 5519 358 Fax +358 9 477 47 390
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|PLEASE remember a short description of the software and the LOCATION.
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