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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Analyst Firm Urges Caution on Sun's Linux Strategy

Sep 23, 2003, 19:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael S. Mimoso)

[ Thanks to Michael S. Mimoso for this link. ]

"A recent assessment of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s enterprise Linux strategy by Boston-based analyst firm Aberdeen Inc., cautions IT managers and decision makers about Sun's internal bias toward Solaris and the perception that Sun isn't serious about Linux.

"Generally considered a late-comer to the enterprise Linux story, Sun CEO Scott McNealy did little to dispel Aberdeen's conclusions during his company's SunNetwork user conference last week in San Francisco. McNealy and software vice president Jonathan Schwartz said Sun has no Linux strategy and that the server maker offers Linux only because customers ask for it.

"Sun's proprietary version of Unix, Solaris, is Sun's flagship operating system, according to report author Bill Claybrook. Furthermore, Sun apparently has no intention of porting its OS offerings from its SPARC processors to Intel's Itanium processor family the way Hewlett-Packard Co., does, Claybrook said in comparing the two vendors..."

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