Sunny Scott Seems Cloudy About Linux
Spencer wondered why sun microsystems ceo scott mcNealy was so snippy at the company's much-trumpeted clustering software launch in Santa Clara, Calif., last week.Spencer wondered why sun microsystems ceo scott mcNealy was so snippy at the companys much-trumpeted clustering software launch in Santa Clara, Calif., last week. After the official presentation, McNealy entered the media and analyst Q&A session unshaven, clad in his signature blue jeans and sports coat. n When asked by a reporter why Suns new clustering software was restricted to Solaris and not available on Linux, McNealys aggravation seemed to peak. "You people just dont get it, do you? All Linux applications run on Solaris, which is our implementation of Linux. Now ask the question again," said the usually jovial Java giant. "Funny," thought His Hirsuteness, "everyone else seems to think Unix and Linux are separate platforms." The gossipy Grimalkin has heard at the whisper level a rumor that Microsoft may be floating to its partners, to gauge their reactionsthe idea of setting up a separate professional services division of 10,000 engineers. If this is actually the case, the Furball cant imagine that reactions would be favorable. "Whod want to hear that Redmond might actually be intending to directly compete with them?" pondered the Puss.
Collaborative filtering pioneer Net Perceptions is starting to look like a prime acquisition target. The Web personalization software vendors stock is trading at just over $2, its 52-week low, down from a high of $66.50 earlier this year. Now Spencer hears rumors that the company will be snapped up soon at a bargain-basement price. Possible suitors include e-commerce platform vendors Blue Martini, BroadVision and ATG, as well as e-CRM players Xchange and Unica.