April 23, 2019

What's New Under the Sun? Sun's Love Affair With Linux - page 2

A Little Bit of History

  • May 17, 2002
  • By Bill von Hagen

With Sun's purer, stronger commitment to Unix and their own hardware than any other workstation vendor, Linux has always been something of a thorn in Sun's paw. For the past few years, Sun's CEO Scott McNealy has targeted Microsoft as Sun's biggest competitor in the enterprise computing market. Anything that Sun can do to head off any defection to Windows servers is good business for Sun - and if Sun can make a few bucks along the way, all the better.

Sun's purchase of Star Division, developers of the Star Office office software suite, is a software parallel for its purchase of Cobalt on the hardware front. StarOffice office suite was easily the best of the Linux office software packages, and Sun didn't lose any time in making it freely available for Microsoft Windows, Solaris, and Linux, even making the source code for Star Office freely available in the OpenOffice.org project.

Similarly, Cobalt's NAS devices are easy to install and configure, provide an excellent alternative to Windows file servers, and coincidentally also support NFS.

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