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IT-Director: Sun to be Number 1 in Linux

Oct 19, 2000, 13:37 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bellman)

[ Thanks to Julian Coombes for this link. ]

"The first take on this is that it is the appliance market that is of interest to Sun. It has not really found its own way into this market and so it makes some sense for it to buy its way in rather than invest similar amounts of money on a development programme that would get it to the same point several years later. The question that arises is whether Sun will adopt Cobalt's Linux approach as it stands today or whether it will take the opportunity to extend its existing technologies down to appliances."

"Opinion on this matter seems to be divided with some commentators believing that Sun will scrap the Linux and AMD processor in favour of its own Solaris and UltraSparc products. Others take McNealy at his word – he says that Linux is the same as Unix - and believe that when he says that Sun will be number 1 in Linux that he is committing the company to long-term use of the technology."

"It would be nice to see Sun develop and market a Linux alternative to its Solaris environment but that would take it into areas of business where it has little expertise today. Perhaps the Cobalt acquisition is the first step along that line."

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