January 17, 2002

Sun's McNealy on Linux, other issues

Author: JT Smith

The Register quotes SUN CEO Scott McNealy speaking at a conference. On Linux: "Linux is the next step beyond open interfaces. There's interfaces and then there's
implementations to that interface. Now the problem with 'FREE' is that it's really hard to give out stock options. It's
hard to pay salaries on free, and really hard to get them to wear a bleeper on a
Saturday night. Nobody should own the interfaces -- like the alphabet or the word 'Windows'. But
you should be able to create proprietary implementations of open interfaces.

But I like the fact that people are willing to donate to the public domain. We love
Linux, and the most wonderful thing about Linux is that it's a problem for
Microsoft."

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