Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 19th Nov 2002 09:24 UTC
Oracle and SUN This past year has been a breakthrough for Sun for both their Linux and Solaris products. The most intriguing news of all is possibly the challenge Sun poses to Microsoft with their Desktop Initiative announced a couple of months ago. We spoke to Bill Moffitt, Product Line Manager of the Solaris Lifecycle, about Linux, the desktop and Solaris. Update: Bill Moffitt replies on our forums.
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SUN is a Dying Company ..
by linux_baby on Tue 19th Nov 2002 16:15 UTC

Do you see anything new or exciting about this Sun Linux desktop? What value are they adding to RedHat 8? They mention Mozilla, OpenOffice, Evolution, Support, and so what?? If you were an IT manager, would any of those items persuade you to go with a SUN desktop, instead of, say, Redhat?

Oh, that bit about "hijacking" the linux kernel was just laughable! Its a stupid, downright unbelievable excuse not to contribute meaningfully. IBM single-handedly ported linux to their mainframe. They have also made a lot of useful contributions to Apache. And they have done all of these by working with the larger Open Source community. So, the SUN excuse is crap. Sun could easily help with the Linux SMP code, but they won't. Not until somebody else does it, as invariably will happen sooner or later. And then you will see SUN rushing to JOIN the effort belatedly.

My feeling is: SUN has run out of gas. They are no longer an innovative company, and have no direction. They are confused, and just bouncing around with the wind. When they are not fighting Microsoft, they are playing catch-up in some other area where they should be leading. You know, throwing verbal jabs, and wasting money on anti-Microsoft lawyers, can only take you so far.