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searchEnterpriseLinux: Exec Says Sun is a Linux Believer

Apr 04, 2003, 11:30 (6 Talkback[s])
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"The perception that Sun Microsystems Inc. is a reluctant supporter of Linux is just plain wrong, according to Jack O'Brien, Sun's group manager for Linux strategy and marketing. Sun's Linux operating system for Intel x86 servers is an integral part of Sun's mix-and-match platform strategy, he said. With Linux and the different versions of Solaris, Sun offers users many choices of architectures. In this interview with, O'Brien describes how IT shops can mix and match their Linux- and Solaris-based servers, when to choose one and not the other, and why the popularity of Linux will continue to increase.

"Why does the perception exist that Sun has been reluctant to adopt Linux?

"O'Brien: It's just that we didn't have any products. We view 2002 as our entry into the Linux and Solaris (Solaris x86 Platform Edition) for the x86 market, and 2003 as our expansion phase there..."

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