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Linux Journal: In Suspense Over Sun's Upcoming Desktop Linux Boxes

Sep 16, 2002, 20:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Doc Searls)
We've been talking about the promise of Linux on the Desktop (let's call it LOTD) for almost as long as we've been talking about Linux. But while prospects are better every day, LOTD still a long way from the mainstream.

"Yet every once in awhile one of the Big Boys comes along and threatens to push it there. The latest is Sun Microsystems. At Linux World Expo last month, Sun President and CEO Scott McNealy pre-announced a Sun-branded desktop Linux box due to be introduced on September 18 at the Sun Network conference in San Francisco. The announcement is still under wraps, although Don Clark of the Wall Street Journal got a look under the shroud and found what he saw compelling enough to warrant yet another Threat-to-Microsoft story. It ran Thursday on the front page of the Marketplace section, as one of the lead stories. (The link works, but a subscription may be required.)

"For clues about where this thing is going to fit, here's the key paragraph from the Journal piece:

'In the biggest development, Microsoft archival Sun Microsystems Inc. next week plans to announce its first full-fledged commitment to Linux on desktop PCs. The computer maker, whose server business has been hurt by low-end systems running Microsoft Windows, is determined to counterattack by cutting into Microsoft's cash-cow franchise in desktop-PC software. 'We have a chance to be a force for change in the industry,' says Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's executive vice president of software...'"

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