September 20, 2002

McNealy touts Sun-Linux 'purple box' desktops

"Sun Microsystems will get into the PC business next year, selling Linux-based desktops that will cost less than half to own and operate than comparable systems running Windows, Sun chief executive Scott McNealy said on Wednesday.

McNealy had said last month that Sun was planning to offer a Linux PC to compete with Microsoft, but he offered further details on Wednesday at the SunNetwork 2002 conference in San Francisco. McNealy disclosed that Sun will sell PC hardware as well as software -- calling the system a "purple box," a phrase that applies his company's trademark product hue to the "white box" term for generic PCs."


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