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Enterprise Unix Roundup: Solaris x86 Resurgent, Sun's Side of the Story

Oct 18, 2003, 07:00 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"Several weeks ago, we cocked a collective eyebrow at Sun. When executive VP Jonathan Schwartz said 'we do not believe that Linux plays a role on the server. Period,' we didn't have much of a choice.

"Our read on the statement was that it was more than a little hyperbolic, perhaps fueled by bitterness at Linux making lunch meat of Solaris x86.

"As reported last week, Hewlett-Packard pounced on the PR goldmine Schwartz offered, making an admirable but unremarkable offer to pass some incentives along to enterprises that drop their Solaris installations for HP gear running Linux. Hand it to HP: It understands how a lot of IT types are caught up in the emotionally charged questions of 'loyalty' Linux engenders in the less coldly rational among us.

"So after two straight weeks of puzzling over Sun's incomprehensible dithering about its love/hate relationship with Linux and reporting on HP's attempt at a flanking maneuver, we shouldn't have been surprised to hear from someone at Sun. That someone ended up being John Loiacono, Sun's VP of Operating Platforms..."

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