"Herb Hinstorff currently heads Sun's program office for Linux
and Open Source. In this interview he talks about what Sun is doing
for the Linux and the Open Source community. Also touched upon is
the issue of Java being open-sourced and the release of Solaris
"How does Sun perceive Linux? As competition or does Linux
"We really think Linux is a good thing. The combination of Linux
and the Internet have changed things completely. Linux and the
Internet fill a whole new growth and space of Unix. From a user's
perspective Linux is Unix, just as BSD is Unix and we basically
grew up on BSD."
"We are working on compatibility environments for Solaris and
Linux. This is to make sure there is a common user experience for
the end-user and the developer. The user gets one interface whether
he is in Linux or in Solaris. We have done this because we hear
that from people every day. Linux and Solaris are quite compatible
today and we are going to provide even more consistency by
providing layers of API compatibility into Solaris."
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