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ZDNet: Sun vs. Microsoft -- until when?; The only open industry standard is Linux

Feb 08, 2001, 19:55 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Cooper)

"...when Sun offers up the now-familiar professions of unwavering commitment to open industry standards, my BS detector points off the charts. (The same goes for the Microsmurfs up in Redmond, but let's save that diatribe for a future column.)"

"I'm not so naive to believe that McNealy or any other CEO would have the brass to stand up on stage and level with the audience about what's really going on--though that would be refreshing. Sun remains a hardware vendor where Job Number 1 is to sell gobs of hardware. The company talks about open standards but Java essentially remains Sun's own captive software technology."

"In this business, the only real open industry standard in the computer industry is Linux, which thankfully remains beyond the clutches of the moguls. Everything else is hokum designed to lock developers (and by extension, customers) into proprietary corners of the computing constellation."

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