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SearchSolaris: Analysts: Sun Execs Could be Quitting Over Linux Strategy

May 17, 2002, 20:30 (16 Talkback[s])

"Over the past few weeks Sun has lost five major executives, including President and COO Ed Zander and Stephen DeWitt, a key player in Sun's Linux strategy. An informal SearchSolaris poll has found that nearly half of respondents think these resignations are a sign that Sun is going into a tailspin from which it may not be able to recover. Another half say their faith in Sun is unshaken in the wake of this executive exodus.

"Analysts say these high-level execs could be departing because of disagreements about how the company should position itself for the future, and how it should go about fending off increasing competition from Linux vendors.

"Linux/x86 systems have made major gains recently in the area of price/performance, say analysts. In the past, folks who wanted to take advantage of the x86 architecture were forced to go with Windows, but this wasn't a palatable choice for loyal Unix users. As a result, people looked to Sun and its Solaris on Sparc model..."

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