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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-08-13 Print this article Print

: McNealy Takes Jabs at Microsoft"> But returning to the theme of his address, McNealy said that Sun would not be able to help the community if it did not make money. "One of the ways were going to do this is by selling hardware, and I havent as yet seen an open-source version of hardware. You cant exactly go and download this over the Internet," he said. "We realized that we kind of goofed and missed what you guys are doing at the edge in the 32-bit server space with Linux. So we have just introduced an x86-based 32-bit box," he said, referring to the launch this week of the LX50 edge server.
"There is no reason not to go to Sun to get your Linux server. We are targeting the LX50 server at the edge of the network. This product will hit hard and aggressively, as its in a market were pretty strong in.
"This is a Unix plus Linux market, where we had a 47 percent market share in revenue terms in the second quarter of this year, according to Gartner Dataquest figures," McNealy said. According to McNealy, Suns commitment is not only to grow the Linux market, but to grow with it, participate in the community and support its momentum. "The community is not broken, so were not going to try and fix it…well be a player, a participant in that community," he said. Sun also plans to provide more code, dollars and technology to the community. "We will try and stay as close and true to LSB compliance moving forward and will be honest and truthful and transparent and upfront about what were doing—and not just to the SEC but to all of you," he told attendees. In conclusion, McNealy said to expect a lot more news on the client side, Java technology and open source going forward. At a media question-and-answer session immediately following the keynote, Jonathan Schwartz, head of Suns software operation, said the company was looking at whether and how it could make its Solaris operating system LSB compliant. "Linux is currently quite fragmented. Today you cannot run all your applications equally on every Linux distribution. The way to change this is through open standards and the LSB," he said. Related Stories:
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    Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

    He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

    He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

    He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

    He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

    He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

    His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

    For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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