August 4, 2008

Sun's Profits Dip 73 Percent, Pins Hopes on Open Source

Sun Microsystems, which is pinning much of its future on open source, just reported its fourth-quarter numbers, and they were not rosy. The company's profit dipped 73 percent, year over year, for the fiscal quarter ended June 30th. Some observers are blaming the drop in profit on slumping revenues, but revenues were $3.78 billion, down only 1.4 percent from a year ago, and the company has continued with cost-cutting measures as the economy underperforms. The real reason for the slump in profits is that Sun has faced heavy competition from IBM and Hewlett-Packard in the high margin server market. Still, Sun maintains that its many open source initiatives will lead it toward brighter days.



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