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By Mark Hachman  |  Posted 2003-08-05 Print this article Print

. SCO"> Schwartz also addressed the Linux legal atmosphere, currently roiled by SCOs aggressive claims that it owned fundamental copyrights to Unix code allegedly found within the periphery of the Linux code. In the early 1990s, Schwartz said, Sun chief executive Scott McNealy agreed to spend several million dollars to take a broad license with AT&T, essentially granting Sun legal rights equivalent to ownership of Unix code.
"As a result of that decision in 1993, we can do whatever we want (to the code)," Schwartz said. "We can drive forward and indemnify our customers too," a basic responsibility of any intellectual property provider, he said.
Sun is organizing itself around one core platform in several different areas: Mad Hatter on the desktop, J2EE in the enterprise server environment, the JavaCard in the mobile space, and the underlying Java technology. Project Orion, which organizes clustering and resource management into a single release which will be released every quarter, will be designed first for Intel and for the Sparc processor. In the future, Project Orion will also be released for AMDs Opteron processor, Schwartz said, and from then on Sun will release new versions for all three processor families on the same quarterly schedule. If, several years down the road, Mad Hatter succeeds in outselling the Windows/Office combination on desktop PCs, Sun will strongly look at open-sourcing Java, Schwartz said. OpenOffice and StarOffice collectively have been downloaded more than 40 million times in the past four years, he said.
That said, Schwartz had sharp words for those who said that the company should dump its Solaris operating system and adopt Linux wholesale. Linux and Intel microprocessors go hand-in-hand, Schwartz said. But Linux is a complement to Solaris, not a replacement, he said. "I have the same problems with cynics who said, Just throw away Solaris and go to Linux, " Schwartz said. "Its not going to happen." Schwartz closed out his keynote, subtitled "Dont Believe Everything You Hear," with the admonition: "Dont listen to the cynics, dont listen to the pundits, and dont listen to the analysts," none of whom predicted the rise of Linux, he said.


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