eWeek: Sun Insists Red Hat Linux Is Proprietary
May 27, 2004, 16:45 (30 Talkback[s])
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Sun Microsystems Inc. President Jonathan Schwartz says that he
knows proprietary when he sees it and that Red Hat Inc.'s
enterprise operating system, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, is
"Following up on his earlier arguments that RHEL is proprietary,
Schwartz said, 'Availability of source code isn't what qualifies
you as 'not proprietary'--Sun's definition of proprietary is
behavior which defeats the customer's ability to compete vendors
against one another, or choose from among many 'compatible'
implementations. To me, J2EE [Java 2 Enterprise Edition] is an open
standard--it enables substitution and competition among multiple,
competing vendors. Just like Apache...'"