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Silicon.com: 'Linux is Unix,' says Sun. 'No it isn't,' says IBM...

Nov 01, 2000, 20:43 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sonya Rabbitte)

"IBM has accused Sun of confusing customers with its Linux strategy and lacking sufficient understanding of the open source OS. The conflict stems from last week's Gartner Group symposium in Florida where Scott McNealy, CEO of Sun, irritated open source die-hards by claiming Unix was the same as Linux."

"Despite what they say, Linux is Unix, and Sun is the biggest and best Unix company. We'll be number one in Linux by a long shot. I'll challenge our Linux experience against Redhat any day," McNealy told the audience."

"McNealy's comments were subsequently ridiculed by Dan Frye, director of IBM's Linux Technology Center in New York, who claimed Sun misunderstands Linux completely. He said: "It's a bold assertion that Unix is Linux. It shows they haven't really figured out what Linux is and what it can do."

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