Sun Visualizes World Domination
Opinion: Taking its cue from Linus Torvalds' goal of "total world domination" by Linux, Sun Microsystems works to pave a path away from its declining market share by focusing on the promising platform. But where are the details?A few years back at the very first LinuxWorld conference in San Joseback when they could fit LinuxWorld in the San Jose Convention Center, and girls in BSD Unix red devil costumes attempted to lure top-hatted Linux kernel hackers into temptationLinus Torvalds joked about his goal for Linux being "total world domination." It was funny because, well, it was partially true. Linux proceeded to eat the lunch of all of the established Unix vendors over the next few years, and made Microsoft ever so queasy. Sun Microsystems apparently learned some lessons from Linus. Despite the fact that Scott McNealy said Monday that Sun has been doing open source forever, and that Bill Joy had in fact been doing open source when "Linus was in diapers," it took Linux to show Sun the path away from its declining market share. And that path is paved toward, well, total world domination.
Go ahead and laugh. But below all of the droning of numbers and speeds and feeds at Suns quarterly launch event Monday was a vision no less ambitious than what Torvalds joked about back in 1999.