McNealy Takes Jabs at Microsoft

In his keynote address at LinuxWorld on Tuesday, Sun CEO Scott McNealy said the Redmond company's booth at the show was hard to find and always closed.

SAN FRANCISCO—Sun Microsystems Inc. has been very responsible and contributed significantly to the open-source community, said Scott McNealy, Suns chairman, president and CEO, in his keynote presentation here at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo on Tuesday.

In his address titled "The Role of Linux in a Capitalist Society," McNealy appearing before several hundred delegates defended his companys commitment to open source, citing a host of Sun deliverables and sponsorships.

"We delivered Java for Linux, J2ME, the Sun ONE Web Server, Directory Server, Studio, Grid Engine, Sun ONE ASP and StarOffice," he said.

He also listed a range of sponsorship examples, including Openoffice.org, JXTA, NetBeans, Grid Engine and NFSv4, pointing out that developers in the community are more aware of Suns open-source commitments than is the media.

McNealy also once again stressed Suns commitment to making its Linux offering compatible with the Linux Standards Base (LSB). "We are not interested in creating a proprietary Sun Linux offering. We need better stewardship and compliance in the community so we dont get the fracturing and other issues that arose with Unix," he said.

In what was often a light-hearted address, McNealy quipped that you know you are a member of the open-source community when you view penguins, monkeys, lizards and Gnomes as sacred and endorse capital punishment for spammers.

While acknowledging that the server business was "kind of tough right now," McNealy said Linux has grown at 30 percent year-on-year on the client side. That was "a wonderful dent to make in the convicted monopolist," he said, referring to Microsoft Corp.s antitrust woes.

Speaking to the open-source community, McNealy said, "You are doing things that the Attorneys General werent able to accomplish, so keep up the good work. At Sun were also going to continue supporting desktop initiatives."

Sun has also created its own open-source community within its IT shop, and Linux will be absolutely key to satellite offices and allowing staff to work remotely. "Were committed, so stay tuned," he said.

Taking another swipe at Microsoft, McNealy said the Redmond companys booth at the LinuxWorld show was hard to find and always closed.

"I am very pleased by the pricing and licensing strategies the open-source community is committed to. This provides a counter to the annual tax users have to cough up to Microsoft," he said.