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Seattle Times: No Standing in Shadows for Sun Microsystems Chief

Aug 20, 2002, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brier Dudley)

"In an interview with The Seattle Times last week, McNealy discussed Sun, Linux, government stimulus efforts, stock options and working with Microsoft after the antitrust litigation is resolved.

"Q. Do you consider Linux and open-source software a revolution?

"A. Sharing is not a new thing. Sharing in our industry would have happened a lot more had (IBM) not grabbed the server monopoly a long time ago, and then (Microsoft) grabbed the desktop monopoly. I've always said A through Z, 0 through 9, grammar, syntax and basic math should not be copyrightable. Microsoft says 'I'm going to own the alphabet. I'm going to add new characters. I'm going to charge you extra for the vowels. And I'm going to own grammar and syntax, too...'"

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