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Linux Magazine: The Capitalist in the Penguin Suit

Nov 01, 2002, 13:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Goodman , Robert McMillan)

"But while Sun is joining a long list of companies that have announced their support for Linux, they are definitely putting their own unique spin on the subject. While most Unix vendors have been eager to present a friendly face towards the Linux community in public, McNealy has downplayed its importance. He mockingly refers to IBM's altruistically hued 'Peace, love and Linux,' marketing campaign as 'Peace, dope, and Linux.' But all kidding aside, when McNealy talks about Microsoft, he sounds like one of the Linux faithful. Linux Magazine's Adam Goodman and Robert McMillan recently had the opportunity to meet with McNealy at Sun's Santa Clara campus.

"LINUX MAGAZINE: Why did Sun decide to brand its own version of Linux?

"SCOTT McNEALY: Ultimately we believe that the brand isn't so important. You have 100 microprocessors in your new automobile. Any idea what brand of OS those run? There's a microprocessor in that camera over there, and in that little desktop speaker phone. Nobody knows what the brand of the OS is and nobody cares..."

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