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Techweb: Sun Needs To Warm Up To Linux, Analyst Says

Sep 06, 2000, 07:29 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Antone Gonsalves)

"In the report "Linux -- The Dark Side of Sun," Giga Information Group, Cambridge, Mass., said the open-source operating system on Intel Corp. chips is eroding sales of low-end and midrange Sun servers running Solaris, Sun's Unix-based operating system."

"Giga analyst and report author Stacey Quandt said Sun, Palo Alto, Calif., which reported record earnings last quarter and is currently riding high on the Internet wave, would hurt itself financially in the long-term by failing to recognize Linux as a threat and not supporting the operating system in Sun servers."

"I believe they'll have to cannibalize their low end and offer a Linux solution in order to be competitive in the market," Quandt said Tuesday. "And whether that solution is on Sparc or Intel is obviously a moot issue. But I think they have to have a Linux strategy."

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