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CNET News: Sun CEO: We're "Good Enough"

Oct 09, 2002, 20:30 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy on Tuesday reiterated his company's plans to sell desktop PCs running Linux, and said the company is focusing on supplying 'good enough' computing.

"McNealy, speaking here at a technology conference sponsored by market research firm Gartner, attempted to explain Sun's position of supporting both the open-source Linux operating system and its own Solaris Unix operating system. He said Sun may have erred by pushing customers to adopt complex Sun systems built on Solaris and a 64-bit architecture, when more slimmed-down systems would suffice.

"'The real issue--our mistake--is that we thought the whole world would have gone to 64-bit (Solaris). It turns out that 32-bit is good enough, and a ton of 32-bit apps run on x86 and Linux,' McNealy said. He positioned Solaris as an upgrade path for customers needing more computing muscle. 'Linux is very compatible with Solaris,' he said..."

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