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Baseline: Will Linux, Intel Put out Sun's Lights?

Jan 27, 2003, 20:00 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Gallagher)

"Is it time for Sun to set? Probably not. But there are plenty of reasons to think twice about basing your critical systems in the long run on Sun's proprietary hardware.

"While the combination of Intel processors and Linux operating systems is gaining ground, Sun Microsystems is trying to play a whole different game. It wants you to believe it can convert from being the best hardware company in the world, to being the best software company. On its own terms.

"'We had a line we used for 15 or 20 years now at Sunâ€"'All the wood behind one arrowhead,'' says John Loiacono, Sun's vice president in charge of operating systems (Solaris and Linux). 'That's still the case, but the arrowhead has moved. The arrowhead is Java-based applications in the Sun One environment...'"

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