"What do you get when you cross Sun Microsystems and the open
source community centered on Linux? I thought the answer was
lower-cost servers that run Linux, which is what Sun announced this
week. But Sun CEO Scott McNealy has far grander ambitions that he
hopes the open source community will help him achieve: breaking
Microsoft's grip on the desktop and expanding Sun's hardware
"I don't think anyone can break Microsoft's desktop grip at this
point, but Sun has the right idea in formulating an alternative
that is more coherent than the pieces you can cobble together to
create an open source desktop today.
"Sun is not known as company with expertise or any history in
selling desktop or laptop systems, however. But during his
LinuxWorld keynote and press conference yesterday, McNealy gave
unmistakable cues, but no specifics, that the company will propose
an alternative desktop software and hardware platform based on open
source next month..."