McNealy: Sun Diversifying 'Delivery Mechanisms'
Aug 15, 2002, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"We're not diversifying our platform," said Sun CEO Scott
McNealy, in a quick conversation at LinuxWorld with Linux Today.
"We're diversifying our delivery mechanisms." Meanwhile, Sun
competitors like IBM and HP have been accusing McNealy of making a
variety of remarks at the show that either muddy the waters or
taste of "me-tooism."
"Our platform is Sun ONE. With Sun ONE, you can use Java to
'write once and deploy anywhere,'" McNealy told Linux Today.
"I'm not sure what McNealy meant by 'delivery mechanisms,'"
replied Scott Handy, director of Linux solutions marketing for the
IBM Software Group, when asked to respond to the Sun chief's
statement. "During his keynote, McNealy didn't even say which
distribution of Linux his company is using." Although McNealy
didn't have much time to elaborate, it's a good bet that he was
talking about hardware (e.g. RISC/Intel) and software operating
environments (Solaris and Sun Linux 5.0) as the "mechanisms." At a
press conference just before LinuxWorld, Sun made a formal
announcement of the LX50, a PC designed to run both Linux and
Solaris. As spelled out in press materials, the LX50 will also come
with the Sun ONE software stack, for use by Java and XML
During the show itself, though, McNealy and other Sun officials
made scattershot statements pointing in a variety of possible
directions for the future, blindsiding the opposition with guessing
At a post-keynote press Q&A, honchos from Sun refused to
count out desktop Linux as a potential product going forward.
"Intel blade servers" could take a while, due to the need to write
special software, the journalists were told. McNealy indicated that
Sun will put forth a fuller, clearer Linux product strategy at an
event in September.
Sun rivals are fighting back by taking shots at Sun's perceived
shortcomings in the Intel space. "Sun is coming late to the party,"
pronounced Judy Chavis, a Linux strategist for "the new HP," during
a UnitedLinux press conference at LinuxWorld.
"The things McNealy has been mentioning lately - a single Linux
server, clusters of servers, Web sites, 'giving back to the
community'--are things that IBM started doing four years ago,"
echoed Daniel D. Frye, Ph.D., director of the IBM Linux Technology
Center, during an interview this week at the Moscone Center.
"Now IBM is riding on momentum we've already built with Linux,"
Handy concurred. "Let's not forget, either, that Sun didn't do so
well its first time around with Solaris for PCs. That OS ran way
too slow," he charged.