Sun's iPod moments

Sun's iPod moments

Summary: Speaking at Oracle OpenWorld, Sun CEO Scott McNealy admitted his Steve Jobs envy and listed what he hoped would be his company's 'iPod moments.' He threw off a remark about selling thin clients as a service, a display grid at $1 per day.

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Speaking at Oracle OpenWorld, Sun CEO Scott McNealy admitted his Steve Jobs envy and listed what he hoped would be his company's 'iPod moments.'

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He threw off a remark about selling thin clients as a service, a display grid at $1 per day. So, maybe it's not Oracle, as Dana Gardner suggested, or Google as David Berlind suggested, that comes up with the networked computer. This leads me to believe that at some point Dell will have to get some infrastructure if it wants to participate in the networked computing era, when one option is a virtual PC for free, and you pay $1 a day for the service. Maybe that's not the kind of business Dell wants to have, as long as it can keep supplying the infrastructure providers with servers. How about Dell and AOL? Sun and Dell? Dell and Yahoo? Dell and HP (been there, done that)? Dell and Google (don't think so, Google has its own server chop shop).

Regarding Sun's six iPod moments, at least the focus is clear. Now it's all about executing...

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  • how 'bout dell gets out of the computer business??

    If longterm reliability is a factor in any of this I doubt whether Dell will make the tough decisions to cut it's profit margin, and produce a decent product. Throw away computers that last a year, Dell has that market cornered.
    pesky_z
  • Most of this is about Dell!

    I thought I was going to read about Sun.
    Dell is crap, enough of that!
    An_Axe_to_Grind
  • Hey, Scott McNealy, I've got your iPod

    McNealy is truly grasping for straws here. I don't believe Sun has much of future except possibly in storage and some aspects of web servers. If it weren't for their efforts with StarOffice (and OpenOffice.org), I would pay zero attention to them. McNealy and My Pretty PonyTail Boy have done nothing but flip flop on open source, sell out to Microsoft and screw-up a perfectly good concept of opening up Solaris with another crappy OSS license. Their like Corel of a few years ago... trying to do a lot of different things, and the end result of each one is subpar.

    Why even give this outfit any pub?
    opensourcepro
  • Sort of a side point here...

    On a side note, am I the only one who wonders how/if Steve Jobs will react to McNealy's invocation of the iPod to illustrate his point?
    Third of Five