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osOpinion: The Business Side: Linux Visibility in a Different Light

Sep 07, 2000, 07:06 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"Unlike its competitors, Sun resisted the thought of becoming another Microsoft drone. They stuck with the Sparc processor, followed their own proprietary standards for hardware and sell their own Operating System - Solaris. They innovate with system languages like Java and hardware solutions like their network computer and their large storage solutions."

"As an ally of Linux, the community couldn't ask for a better partner. Can Dell, Gateway, IBM, Compaq or HP stop selling the toy system known as Microsoft Windows? The big 5 computer manufacturers have two masters and they can't please either one. One master we already know as Microsoft. The other master is someone about which we sometimes forget and that's the customer base...."

"As an analyst and an executive, I tend to wonder why the major Linux distributions haven't forged closer alliances with Sun. Perhaps the courting ritual in the Silicon Valley alliance game becomes more difficult with Sun involved. The major Linux distributions appear to follow the path of least resistance when courting partners. Thus, a Caldera buys (rescues?) a lesser performing Unix company called SCO."

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