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LinuxDevices.com: Sun exec: "This is a war against Microsoft"

Feb 08, 2002, 09:55 (36 Talkback[s])

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"Asked whether he was referring to IBM and HP with that comment, Mehra replied "yes -- we will ship our own Linux Distribution optimized for our general purpose servers and server appliances, rather than simply making some Linux vendor's standard distribution available to the customers of our systems."

Like IBM and HP, Sun intends to make significant contributions of key technologies to Linux. "Linux enhancements will be provided back to the community," said Mehra, adding that "this is a statement of direction, and won't happen over night."

Does today's big Linux announcement signal the start of a shift towards Linux and away from Solaris (Sun's version of UNIX)? "Not at all," Mehra replied. "Both SPARC (Sun's processor) and Solaris are continually growing and maturing and getting better. We think we can improve both Linux and Solaris at the same time."

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