Posted Nov 15, 2003 23:23 UTC (Sat) by vblum
In reply to: What's wrong with this picture?
Parent article: Sun's Linux desktop off to flying start (Register)
This confurion is really unfortunate! Sun seems to have a good product, and their marketing
is utterly shooting themselves in the foot! Boom!
This was already apparent when VP Jonathan Schwartz gave his "Linux sucks" interview in
one breath with the introduction of their desktop Linux. Evidently, they don't know what
The real issue seems to be that endorsing anything close to "Linux" is poison for a part of
Sun. They have invested so much into Solaris that going around and telling everyone how
great "Linux" works is probably intolerable for a large part of their organisation. Another
part of Sun knows and accepts that Linux is the future of their marketplace, like it or not.
At this point, the overall impression is that of a clown whose left hand cannot stop what the
right hand does, and the other way round, and the message to the outside world is utterly
incomprehensible. It is really a shame that a collection of probably good products and
certainly great contributions is brought to such a mess just because of politics?
Anyhow, this here sounds just like Microsoft naming their next release "Visual Basic OS" ...
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