>I am confused by the presence of Openwindows windows
>manager and tools (like textedit) in Linux. Has OpenWindows
>always been public domain? How much of OpenWindows is
>supported in Linux (ie, which apps are available: mailtool?
>answerbook? etc). What does Sun have to gain by making
>this available if they funded the research?
Writing a software, and releasing it into the open can be a good
marketing. Of course, you never will give away all your software.
In case of OpenWindows, the libraries and some basic tools are
free. Unfortunately, they could not compete against Motiv.
Microsoft uses similiar technics. They give away lots of docs
on CDROM for very few money, so do they with MS-DOS. But then,
unlike Sun, they do not do so in the open.
Quote:>Right now, my home PC looks and works almost identical to my office
>Sparcstation. It seems like Sun is shooting themselves
>in the foot.
Sun has already earned money with OpenWindows, because they sold
more Sparcstations, than they would have without.
Kai Petzke | How fast can computers get?
Technical University of Berlin |
Berlin, Germany | Sol 9, of course, on Star Trek.