Chattin' with the Big Mac (Nealy)

Ive been at Sun almost 12 years now and ironically I had my first face to face chat with Scott McNealy about a month ago. 

Scott's presence used to permeate Sun but in the last year, after passing the "CEO baton" to Jonathan Schwartz, its really Jonathan's presence that has been felt.  McNealy is still Chairman of Sun and is CEO of Sun Federal but I assumed that he was off doing his own thing and pet projects like Curriki and had basically disassociated from the rest of the company. 

I was quite surprised then when, while waiting in the Executive Briefing Center to present Sun's GNU/Linux strategy to a government customer,  McNealy bounded in.  As the head of Sun Fed he was there to meet and greet and field any questions they might have.  He asked what myself and a couple others on the Linux team were there for and I told him we were there to talk about Sun and GNU/Linux.  Immediately he launched into a detailed litany of all the reasons why Sun is a strong supporter of Linux distros like Red Hat and SUSE, citing figures and numbers as if he were the product manager. 

Scott was in a great mood and I offered to escort him to the room where the customer was checking out demos.  He took me up on the offer and as we walked he talked more about our Linux strategy.  He asked me to send him a copy of my presentation and said he would mark it up and send it back.  About a week later I sent him my preso, Im interested to see if he'll respond.

Either way I was quite impressed with the energy and commitment I saw. 

Scott McNealy, still crazy passionate after all these years.

 

Pau for now... 

 

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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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