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Boston.com: Sun rise - or Sun set

Mar 11, 2002, 22:05 (49 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hiawatha Bray)
"If the executives of Sun Microsystems Inc. ever have nightmares, they probably dream about people like Mark Lucas.

Lucas is chief operating officer at ImageLinks Inc., a company in Melbourne, Fla., that does sophisticated processing of space satellite imagery for military and commercial clients. It is ferociously demanding work, requiring massive amounts of computing power. And for years, Lucas relied mostly on high-end Unix computer systems from Sun Microsystems and Silicon Graphics Inc. 'We were spending quite a bit of money in just maintaining these very high-end workstations,' said Lucas.

...He paid $25,000 a month for his Sun and Silicon Graphics workstations. Today, he does the same work on Linux boxes that cost him a one-time payment of $30,000. Now imagine thousands of Sun customers making the same decision, and it's easy to see why guys like Lucas have Sun's executives losing sleep."

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