ZDNet: Purple Boxes--Or Purple Haze?
Oct 02, 2002, 23:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rich Castagna)
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"You gotta hand it to those folks over at Sun. They sure know
how to rev up the PR engines with in-your-face performances from
McNealy & Co. Whether it's bashing Microsoft or bashing
Microsoft--and whether you agree with them or not--they're always a
lot of fun and manage to stir up the waters enough to get the
attention of their rivals.
"Such was the case with Sun's recent announcement that it's
getting into the Linux desktop game. But amid the histrionics, the
announcement was couched in enough equivocation to make one wonder
just exactly what Sun's going to do. To be sure, it was yet another
swipe at arch nemesis Microsoft and the skeptics among us might say
that Sun's just trying to cash in on the recently revived interest
in Linux desktops.
"Sun's plan is to offer x86-based Linux machines built using
off-the-shelf parts (put together in somebody else's garage, not
Sun's) which will be sold in lots of 100. The generic hardware is
complemented by a mostly generic array of Linux desktop software.
The catch--besides having to buy these boxes in bunches of 100--is
that you have to buy a server to go with them. So, essentially, Sun
is ready to sell you 100 low-cost razors if you buy one of their