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Jul 30, 2003, 20:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Lundquist)


Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers

"Success is always one model year away. Scott McNealy may have spent 21 years guiding Sun Microsystems, but his early business training and first job, on the Corvette hardbody and finishing line, has had as much influence on the company as anything else...

"The desire to offer an integrated product line is evident in McNealy's on-again, off-again attitude toward Linux. Initial disdain was replaced by cautious acceptance in the form of Sun's Cobalt purchase a couple of years ago. At first, the Cobalt server was relegated to the edge of the network, but McNealy has since embraced Linux with more wholeheartedness.

"Still, McNealy has a strong desire to keep Linux away from the server realm of Solaris. Last fall, he was pitching Linux on white-box PCs as a low-cost client--a sort of successor to the network computer of a few years ago..."

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