February 3, 2004

Sun Pitches Linux Desktop

Sun Microsystems, in a somewhat sarcastic open letter to IBM posted on Sun's Web site, is inviting Big Blue to purchase Sun's Linux-based Sun Java
Desktop System for IBM's own employees.

In a letter dated January 21 from Jonathan Schwartz, Sun executive vice president for software, Sun is proposing its server system, Java Enterprise
System, for use by IBM employees as well.

Schwartz says IBM in an internal memo challenged its own IT organization and all of the company to move to a Linux-based desktop before the end of

"Now we all know how rumors can take on a life of their own in the press, but nonetheless I applaud IBM's efforts to reduce costs and complexity, and
wanted to offer the benefit of Sun's experience in making the migration," Schwartz says.

Link: pcworld.com


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