LinuxWorld: Where Scott McNealy's Wrong About the Economics of Open Source
Aug 08, 2002, 17:30 (63 Talkback[s])
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"McNealy believes open source is screwing up Sun's revenue
models. The result is that Sun does not have enough money to market
Sun ONE to the same degree that Microsoft markets .NET. The result
could be a total win for .NET.
"I can't deny that open source is screwing up revenue models,
and not only Sun's but also the revenue models for many companies.
It is also difficult to refute his contention that this cripple's
Sun's ability to market Sun ONE effectively. I would like to say
there is a sense of balance because open source is interfering with
both Sun and Microsoft's revenue models. But Sun doesn't have the
billions in the bank that Microsoft has accumulated over the years
through an abuse of monopoly power, so Sun is at an unfair
"At a personal level, I admit some sympathy for McNealy's views.
In the first place, I'd hate to see Sun ONE suffer at the hand of
either Microsoft's marketing bucks or the economic effects of open
source, because I happen to admire the Sun ONE vision and the
technologies behind it. My sense of fairness says Sun should get
some benefit from the R&D efforts it has put into J2EE and all
of the other technologies it developed. Worse, if .NET wins because
open source undermined Sun's revenue model, that would not only be
bad for Sun, but for the open source community, as well..."