An old (2010) story from former Sun employee Jeremy Allison.
David Miller wrote (at the end of a long email explaining how Sparc Linux used cache optimizations to beat Solaris on performance):
“One final note. When you have to deal with SunSOFT to report a bug, how “important” do you have (ie. Fortune 500?) to be and how big of a customer do you have to be (multi million dollar purchases?) to get direct access to Sun’s Engineers at Sun Quentin? With Linux, all you have to do is send me or one of the other SparcLinux hackers an email and we will attend to your bug in due time. We have too much pride in our system to ignore you and not fix the bug.”
To which Bryan Cantrill replied with this amazing retort:
“Have you ever kissed a girl?”
Talk about missing the point and underestimating the competition.
The article offers an interesting look at why Sun eventually failed. I stumbled upon this story because Rob Landley mentioned the girl comment in his email about BSD/SysV.
Simply outstanding piece of history. We used to believe in Sun/Solaris back in a day (around 2002-2005) on our Java application servers but even tiny Thinkpad laptops could outperform the big fancy Sun boxes. However this article sheds a light into why this happened.