"...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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