Sun to Ramp Up Support for Linux
Sun CEO Scott McNealy, speaking at the Gartner ITXpo in Orlando, Fla., championed open source for the enterprise.ORLANDO, Fla.Sun Microsystems Inc. Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy championed open-source software for the enterprise Tuesday morning and highlighted his companys commitment to including Linux products in its hardware. "If you are paying for middleware, stop," McNealy told an audience of industry professionals at Gartner Inc.s ITxpo in Orlando today. When enterprises can get an application server, directory and Star Office bundled for free with Suns Solaris 9 operating system, why pay for them, he asked. "You can run your entire corporation on Star Office," he said. When asked by Gartner analysts why Sun needs to support Linux, McNealy said the strategy will further differentiate its products. From a hardware perspective, Suns servers are not particularly different from Dells, he said, as the two sets of products share the same processing technology and are built by the same OEMs.
"They both are laundered through Intel and are coming from the same Asian manufacturers, and neither of us touches them," McNealy said. Down the road, Suns hardware will come bundled with more open-source applications.