The Register: OS War Over, OS Dead, Sun Won, Redmond Lost
Aug 02, 2003, 05:30 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"The OS war is over, as indeed is the OS, and Sun won. This
interesting and challenging thesis was one of numerous presented by
Scott McNealy at a European Technology Forum event in London this
morning. Say what you like about Scott, he's generally good copy,
even at 8.30am gigs.
"His reasoning is as always plausible, and goes something like
this. The PC platform is in decline, and will eventually go away,
while smart connected devices of all sorts are becoming vastly more
important, and will become ubiquitous. In order to cater for these
you do not write to the operating system ('It's so last millennium
to write to the OS,' says style-guru Scott), you write to the Web
services platform. Here, you have a choice between one that's
'open, runs on every OS,' i.e. Java Web Services, or one that isn't
and doesn't, i.e., .NET.
"McNealy didn't really get revved up about Microsoft until
towards the end of the presentation, but dismissed the opposition
with a couple of playful cuffs. '.NET still features virus of the
week,' and 'Redmond is losing, and losing badly...'"