McNealy Bids Fond Adieu to Employees
McNealy stepped down as Sun CEO in April
2006 after 24 years at the company's helm. Schwartz, meanwhile, has kept a low
profile for the last nine months as Oracle proceeded with its $7.4 billion
"While it was never the primary vision to be acquired by Oracle, it was always an interesting option. And this huge event is upon us now. Let's all embrace it with all of the enthusiasm and class and talent that we have to offer," McNealy wrote in his e-mail memo.
"This combination has the potential to put Sun, its people and its technology at the center of yet another industry and game-changing inflection point. The opportunity is well documented and articulated by Larry and the Oracle folks. Not much I can add on this score. This is a very powerful merger. And way better than some of the alternatives we were facing."
McNealy also wrote, "To be honest, this is not a note this founder wants to write. Sun, in my mind, should have been the great and surviving consolidator. But I love the market economy and capitalism more than I love my company.
"I am more than willing to accept this outcome. And my hat is off to one of the greatest capitalists I have ever met, Larry Ellison. He will do well with the assets that Sun brings to Oracle."
In closing, McNealy wrote, "I have few regrets (see Sinatra's 'My Way') and will always look back at Sun and its gang with only pride. Enormous pride. You are the best this industry ever had, though few outside of Sun recognized it. And what we are about will live on in SPARC, Solaris, Java, our products and our spirit. Well past everyone's recollections of what we did together. I will never forget, though.
"Oracle is getting a crown jewel of the technology industry. They will do great things with Sun. Do your best to support them and keep the Sun spirit alive and well in the industry. Our children will be better for it."