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The Unix Guardian: Sun-HP Unix Merger: Beware of Olive Branches Shaped Like Baseball Bats

Jun 23, 2006, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"One of the great things about the Unix business over the years is that it has had a wide variety of players. No two companies represent the polar opposites of this business more than do Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems. One is the quiet vendor, creating great technology and slowly (over 34 years) building up a vast commercial server customer base, including proprietary and then Unix machines; the latter has only been in the commercial server racket since 1991 (15 years) and shoots off its mouth incessantly about how great its products are--often with good reason.

"So many of the Unix players are dead or dying, and today the Unix server business is dominated by the big three--HP, Sun, and IBM--in terms of revenue..."

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