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Upside: Sun's War of Trenches

Oct 22, 1999, 17:37 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard L. Brandt)

"When I accused Sun Microsystems of "not getting" the open source movement, I did not anticipate the strong reactions I got. My first column ("AOL, Sun Repeat History) on the topic inspired tons of letters, mostly critical. My second column ("No, Sun Doesn't Get It) was followed by another huge influx of letters, this time mostly supporting my view."

"The most interesting response, however, was from Sun's leading technology guru, Bill Joy, a man who was instrumental in the development of Unix as a commercial system. After considering the views of some people who actually know what they are talking about, including Joy's, I have changed my opinion a bit. Sun does "get" the open source movement. It is simply unwilling to embrace it."

"The question is, why? Bill Joy believes that the GNU-Linux approach is a bad business model (some letter writers agreed) and that it does not serve the developer community well (nobody seemed to agree with that one). Still others believe that Sun is as afraid of that model as it is of Microsoft."

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