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CNET News.com: A kinder, gentler [Sun CEO] McNealy? Don't count on it

Sep 02, 2000, 00:05 (2 Talkback[s])

"Now that Sun's sales are rising faster than those of Microsoft, Intel and even Dell Computer, it's time for Sun to behave more like an industry leader, McNealy says. That means resisting jokes about the competition, doing fewer of his trademark top 10 lists lambasting Bill Gates, and staying above the fray. In short, it means growing up."

"Dell CEO Michael Dell tossed off a McNealy-style challenge in April, saying that Web servers are "ground zero" for his company, and Dell's performance should be measured against Sun's. He's loading Linux on his machines to make them more attractive for Internet businesses."

"Sun executives say they aren't afraid of Michael Dell or the free Linux software. To the contrary, they claim to be thrilled by Linux's popularity because it has revived interest in Unix overall, hurting no one but Microsoft."

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