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internetnews.com: Q&A: Jonathan Schwartz, Sun Microsystems

Aug 01, 2003, 22:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Erin Joyce)

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"Despite a concerted effort to expand its support for Linux across more of its product lines, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based systems vendor still finds itself on the defensive about its support for Linux in relation to its high-end Solaris operating system--especially from Wall Street houses keen on installing Linux operating systems where Sun's systems currently reign.

"During a meeting with technology reporters Monday, Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's executive vice president of software, updated the company's latest strategic embrace of open source while urging doubters to stay tuned for further news from the Linux front.

"By Friday, Sun had rolled out news that SuSe Linux was now a Java source licensee. In the deal, SuSe has agreed to become a Java 2 Standard Edition source licensee and to distribute Sun's Java Virtual Machine (JVM). The alliance also calls for Sun to sell, ship and provide full customer support for SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 on Sun's x86 systems..."

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