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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 proprietary.

"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...'"

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