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eWeek: Sun Puts Wrapping On 'Unwrapped' Open Source

Sep 16, 2003, 20:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Steinert-Threlkeld)

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"Scott McNealy, the chairman, president, chief executive officer and most prominent co-founder still at Sun Microsystems Inc., likened freely distributed open-source code to 'unwrapped software.'

"In an interview with Baseline magazine at the Sun Microsystems John Elway Celebrity Classic golf tournament in a technology-edged suburb of Denver, McNealy said the advent of free software can be more costly than custom code written for a company by a third party.

"It's 'even worse,' he said. 'First of all, you don't know where it came from. Second of all, it hasn't been certified 'tested.' So you have got to go through all of that. Third of all, it needs to be put together. You need to get drivers here, you need to get applications, you need to get all these tiny pieces of software because everybody is doing their own thing; there's no systems integrator...'"

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