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ZDNet: Sun Readies Open Source Desktop

Aug 15, 2002, 20:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Farber)

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"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 offerings.

"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..."

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