Sun: The network is your computer?

Sun: The network is your computer?

Summary: Jonathan Schwartz closed his keynote at the Open Source Business Conference with his best imitation of a United Nations official, calling upon the world to adopt free and open source software (acronym alert: FOSS) as the way to stimulate third-world economies and unleash a major wave of technology innovation from the global community.

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Jonathan Schwartz closed his keynote at the Open Source Business Conference with his best imitation of a United Nations official, calling upon the world to adopt free and open source software (acronym alert: FOSS) as the way to stimulate third-world economies and unleash a major wave of technology innovation from the global community. The Sun president and COO even offered new twist on Sun

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  • Single dimensional argument!

    I have to say that Sun's Java promissed so much but because of shoddy implementations, it never got beyond enthusiasts and web-server domain. Note that web-server domain does not need to be crossplatform. Rather it's desktop area that needs crossplatform Java applications. Unfortunately, this never happened because of poor quality of Java GUI presentations.

    I really don't think the guy actually understand how they can make "network is the computer!". I think it will be Linux that put Sun to eclipse in the end.
    Wagadonga
  • And therein lies the problem with Sun

    "but I wish Schwartz would clarify more how it floats Sun's boat".
    george_ou
  • Sun's Open for Business

    I think the ruminations of business managers who take stock of Sun has been over done. Sun's grid, JES, Solaris 10 Niagra etc are hardly out of the shell and already the glees of self serving smerks at the future failure of a ubiquitous system are being echoed in the halls of Armonk. One wonders whether Zdnet is reading its own bylines of the last century. Where are the announcements of Sun's hold in the banking systems and DOD lately? Oh, well I guess it's better to predict what's going to fail and change your tune hoping that everyone forgot. :>
    Roving_Reporter
  • Is the future really that bleak?

    There are days when I believe that Sun is fading - look at their revenues and stock price. Then there are days when I can't imagine why this is such a big deal.

    In our own data center there is a steadily arriving stream of boxes with "SUN" on the side, and Solaris 10 being installed on them, and large-scale commercial software packages in use. I hear (anecdotally) more problems with IBM - their local support people wondering if they'll be laid off in the next year - as Solaris is beating out AIX for new vendor-supported UNIX installations.

    While our production systems group is buying x86 hardware from Penguin and installing Linux (RHEL3/4) on it, they aren't doing it for mission-critical applications. So if there's a shift away from the big system vendors, it's difficult to quantify.

    The only thing we can state with any certainty is that Sun dominates here and its share of rack space (and horsepower) is increasing.
    GDF