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Vendors Gear Up for LinuxWorld

Roll up! Roll up! Its the annual open-source jamboree in San Francisco this week, and the major vendors are pulling out all the stops to get the publicity edge on their Linux rivals.

This morning, for example, Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced that it is auctioning off a pile of stuff on eBay -- but we're not talking about the latest tickets to Barry Manilow at Arrowhead Pond. No, Sun is auctioning -- you guessed it -- servers. These include Sun Fire V20z and V40z servers, as well as a three-year subscription to the Solaris operating system.

Timed to coincide with the LinuxWorld event, bidding starts at 1 cent, according to Sun. The series of one-day auctions will run all week.

Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) (NYSE: CA) is another firm that is using the LinuxWorld event to garner some much-needed good publicity. Later today, the firm will throw down “a million dollar challenge” for software developers to build a database migration toolkit (see CA Unveils Open Source Challenge). The winner will get (duh!) $1 million.

Of course, there is method to all this madness. CA, for its part, is obviously keen to generate interest in its Ingres database product [ed. note: named, of course, after the 19th century French painter], which is somewhat overshadowed by the software vendor’s extensive portfolio of system management and security offerings. If developers can build effective migration tools, then the next stage, presumably, could see users moving away from IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), and Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) databases -- or from MySQL AB -- onto the Ingres platform.

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