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Forbes: Don't Blame Scott

Apr 25, 2006, 20:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Lyons)

"Scott McNealy, the now-departed chief executive at Sun Microsystems, is an easy guy to dislike. Many in the industry view McNealy as an arrogant jerk, obnoxious even by the exaggerated standards of Silicon Valley, a bully who gloated when Sun was riding high and blustered when Sun hit the skids, a wise-guy who mocked friends and foes alike, a combative boss who wasted time and energy tilting at the Microsoft windmill, which only managed to alienate customers. Now McNealy is stepping aside as CEO, 24 years after co-founding Sun and five years after the company's agonizing downward spiral began during the dotcom bust.

"Yet it is not fair to blame McNealy for Sun's woes..."

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