October 18, 2001

Stealing each other's clothes

Author: JT Smith

Economist.com: "Within IBM, employees joke
that "Sun is dead, it just doesn't realise it
yet." As the world's leading server vendor,
Sun is not in any immediate danger.
Even as NT and Linux become more
popular, its Solaris franchise will continue
to be hugely lucrative; although its share
of the market may fall, revenues should continue to rise. But there are some contradictions in
Sun's strategy, and in its attitude towards Linux in particular. On the one hand, Linux is a
convenient stick with which to beat Microsoft, Sun's arch-rival in software. On the other, as
the leading Unix vendor, Sun has the most to lose if Linux becomes the standard server
operating system, from low-end boxes to mainframes, as IBM expects.

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