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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Dear Bill,

I never have attacked you personally. Trying to say things about my personal employment, my applying to Sun for a job, etc. is disgraceful. I am only talking about Sun the company, not about Bill the person.

It just goes to show what I was saying about Sun is true. The culture is rotten and the people just cannot be trusted. If you cannot make your point, you attack me? That's lame.

Scott McNealy has spoken at many investment banking conferences about Sun's high personnel costs. That is why Sun will be going through many rounds of layoffs. You can read industry journals if you doubt what I am saying here.

You are obviously sensitive to your salary. You say "it's not that big". Are you getting paid enough? You seem like an honest decent guy, even if you are lost in a lot of Sun mythology.

Just for the record, I have never been interested in working for Sun, nor have I ever applied for a job at Sun.

I pay my own salary and am beholden to no large corporation for my opinions. I do not have a hidden corporate agenda in what I am saying. I don't work for your competition or whatever you were insinuating.

Sun lied to their customers about X86 Solaris. Sun kept lying to the point where their customers had to take out ads in major newspapers. What if they hadn't had that money to do that? Sun would have just screwed them.

Maybe you should spend some more time apologizing before you get holier-than-thou on people regarding your company's history of lies?

One of your most important technologies, certainly your most visible technology, Java, is not an open standard by your admission. You don't state any good solid reasons for this. Unfortunately, with all the spouting off Sun does about "open standards", it does make the company look like a giant hypocrite.

Sun is in deep trouble. Their stock price shows this. Wall Street has little confidence in Sun. Your corporate strategy is all over the map. You guys have a big challenge to fix the company.

I wish you luck.

- Red Pill