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The Register: Original Mac Hand Leads Sun Desktop Charge

Nov 11, 2002, 20:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"Sun's Desktop strategy--'Project Madhatter'--is taking shape and it dominated questions from the floor at an analyst session in San Francisco today. In charge of Madhatter is Curtis Sasaki--Sun's VP of Desktop Software--who was at Apple at the launch of the original Macintosh in 1984, led the IIGS project and then followed Steve Jobs to NeXT where he spent several years. More from Curtis in a moment.

"Madhatter actually arrived in September: a small and sensible announcement, but one concealed beneath billowing clouds of gwana gwana so thick that both SFO and Oakland airports were closed briefly, as landing was considered too dangerous.

"Sun simply said it will do a Linux desktop, and sell it in bundles of 100 or so. It will only target certain markets 'transaction workers'--public and education and call center or retail staff, and it isn't at all a consumer ploy. Very prudent, we noted, as diving into a full on desktop war with The Beast has been many a man's folly: Ray Noorda, Mike Cowpland are two..."

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