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osOpinion: How Sun Saw the Light

Jan 31, 2001, 07:17 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brendan Choi)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"The commercial UNIX war of the 1990s ended with the once fragile workstation company Sun Microsystems the victorious champion. Smoldering on the battlefield were the charred remains of IBM and SGI. Withdrawing to lick its wounds was the once powerful and almighty Hewlett-Packard (HP). And escorting the champion to a new millennium were Linux and Intel."

"So how did Sun win this great war? Here's my take from the point of view of a UNIX technology junkie on what has happened. There are four reasons why Sun has emerged victorious."

"First, Sun is an aggressive company totally committed to eliminating competition in whatever form it takes, even if it means slashing prices to the bone on its high-end servers. This is something HP, for whatever reason, has not been able to do. Maybe HP has a much higher operating budget, bureaucracy, and an older workforce to take care of. Who knows?"

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