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LinuxPlanet: Sun's McNealy: We've Been Through This (Linux ISV) Movie

Apr 09, 2003, 13:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

"'We've been through this movie,' Sun CEO Scott McNealy said today, about his company's recent decision not to move ahead with a previously announced Sun-branded Linux distribution. Future X86-based versions of two-processor 'Enchillada' servers, rolled out on Sparc hardware at Sun's Q2 press conference, will run a choice of either Solaris or any of a number of flavors of Linux.

"In explaining Sun's retrenchment on the Sun-branded Linux, McNealy pointed to ISVs' lack of desire to rewrite applications for multiple distributions. OS distributions already out there include RedHat, UnitedLinux, SuSE, and a 'distribution for telecom,' according to McNealy, possibly referring to the MontaVista Carrier Grade Linux distribution.

"'IBM doesn't do its own (Linux) distribution,' McNealy observed. 'We'll stick (with what we do.) We think we can add value with the SunOne stack...'"

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