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Monday, January 24, 2005

  Sun's open letter to IBM - too little, too late

Dear Jonathan:

SUN's donations to open source are appriciated, but your hardware is overbuilt and overpriced, and your developer base castrated by age and neglect, and I doubt that pleading for support in public with IBM is going to save you.

Although I applaud your company's upcoming release of Solaris 10 as open source, I think the advantages of releasing an OS as free software - GPL'ed - has been graphically demonstrated by the marketplace, and you'll make little headway against Linux unless you GPL it, and worse, by making your license incompatible with the GPL neither Solaris or Linux will be able to benefit as much from either in the ongoing battle against Microsoft. (remember them?)

From Open Source Foes:

I do think that SUN die-hards will leap in and massively improve your OS beyond what any can now envision, and unlock the true powers of your multi-core hardware. I have great hopes for that.

But: I think you'd better get used to being a much smaller company.

I wish I could help you, I have fond memories of SUN gear, especially in the pre-solaris days, and your company has been an integral part of the internet revolution.

Best wishes,

Mike Taht
 
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