Sun: "We Don't Believe Linux Plays a Role on the Server"

Friday, September 19 2003 @ 07:50 PM EDT

Contributed by: nexex

Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's executive vice president for software, in an interview in eWeek says:

"Also, let me really clear about our Linux strategy. We don't have one. We don't at all. We do not believe that Linux plays a role on the server. Period. If you want to buy it, we will sell it to you, but we believe that Solaris is a better alternative, that is safer, more robust, higher quality and dramatically less expensive in purchase price."

They don't have a Linux strategy, eh? I beg to differ. Their strategy is to kill it in the server space, as those proprietary dudes like to call it.

Speaking on the subject of indemnification, he states, "IBM is being so hypocritical. If the issue is a non-issue, why don't they indemnify their customers?"

So, Sun is singing SCO's song, and doing its best to harm Linux. They aren't even schizo any more. They've taken sides, and that is that. You can play with Linux as a hobby if you want to, but they don't want Linux on servers. Unfortunatly for Sun, the rest of the world disagrees.

One Groklaw reader, nexex, noted Schwartz's poetry about how wonderful Solaris is and he did some comparing. Here's his report:

"He promotes Solaris as the best server operating system for x86 hardware, but Sun didn't release Solaris 9 on x86 hardware until users put enough pressure on Sun. I think it also telling that he trumpets x86 Solaris, yet the majority of Sun's software does not even run on x86 Solaris.

"As for Solaris being faster, as far as desktops are concerned, I have used Solaris 8 and 9, and now use Linux because it is faster on Sun's own hardware, in my experience. Running 'uname -a' on my Ultra 60 gives me 'Linux bacchus 2.4.21-sparc-r0 #3 SMP Thu Jul 10 18:09:04 MDT 2003 sparc64 sun4u TI UltraSparc II (BlackBird) GNU/Linux.' I was surprised, but Linux is much nicer for desktops on Sparcs than Solaris is."

So there. Poor Sun. Linux was born for servers, and the word is out already. All Schwartz accomplished by this interview is he made himself look old-fashioned and out-of-touch and a bit silly. What a show: SCO, Microsoft, and Sun -- the Three Stooges.