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Smart Reseller: Sun/Netscape alliance retreats on Linux

Jul 27, 1999, 15:46 (23 Talkback[s])
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"What promise? The partners balk at making Linux a critical platform for its server wares."

"Balking at a long-time promise to make Linux a critical platform for its server wares, the Sun Microsystems Inc.-Netscape Alliance will upgrade the Netscape Application Server (NAS) next month--without a Linux port."

"The pending NAS 4.0 release marks the product's last major upgrade before it is fused with Sun's NetDynamics next year."

"Netscape executives have publicly stated since July of last year that open-source Linux would be a critical platform for its server products going forward. But, now, several months after America Online Inc. (NYSE:AOL) purchased Netscape and dealt its server software to Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq:SUNW), the Linux app server port has been put on the back burner."

"'Linux is fun, it definitely has a cool factor... but it isn't one of the operating environments that our customers are asking for,' says Roseanna Marchetti, senior product marketing manager of the Alliance's app server products. Marchetti, who notes that the Netscape directory and messaging servers were ported to Linux in March, says an app-server port could come if enterprise demand rises."

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