Defining the Sun/Microsoft Deal
Apr 08, 2004, 15:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mitch Wagner)
The Economist: Desperate Embrace
"To geeks everywhere, it was as momentous as, say, the
Rabin-Arafat handshake once looked to normal people—even
though the war to be ended was one of infantile barbs and legal
wrangles, not human tragedies. Here, on April 2nd, was Scott
McNealy, the chief executive of Sun Microsystems and a hero of
Silicon Valley, jovially embracing, and swapping Detroit Red Wings
hockey jerseys with, Steve Ballmer, the boss of Microsoft, the
Redmond-based software giant that, in the Valley's popularity
polls, runs neck-and-neck with the antichrist..."
Yahoo!/TechWeb: Sun Exec Says Microsoft Deal Isn't
"Sun's recent deal with Microsoft isn't an anti-Linux maneuver,
but rather an effort to broaden 'interoperability and choice for
our customers,' according to John Fowler, Sun's chief technology
officer for software.
"'The agreement with Microsoft is about interoperability and
choice for our customers, not about battling Linux or open source,'
Fowler said Wednesday..."