eWeek: Sun: A Better Linux?
Jul 30, 2003, 20:00 (6 Talkback[s])
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"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
"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..."