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ZDNet: Sun Bets Its Future on Java

Aug 28, 2002, 08:30 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind)

"Sun's recent moves towards supporting Linux might feel like a warm embrace for the open source movement. But it has much more to do with supporting anything that will enhance the Java ecosystem.

"Sun CEO Scott McNealy has a cadre of advisors that's akin to Bush's cabinet. If there were such a job as Secretary of Technology, Sun Chief Engineer Rob Gingell would probably have that title. Within McNealy's cabinet, the 17-year Sun veteran has been a catalyst for change, and probably not a very popular one.

"Four years ago, Gingell started to advocate the idea of open sourcing Solaris, Sun's version of the Unix operating system. The very idea must have been considered heresy. For Sun's entire history, Solaris and the hardware it's married to--the SPARC microprocessor--have been the crown jewels of the company. You can imagine how the mere suggestion of open sourcing one half of the franchise might have been looked upon as ludicrous..."

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