Why I still am Optimistic about Sun

If you have been paying attention to the news there has been a lot of talk about Sun. If you believe the rumors Sun is pretty much dead or will be soon. I have been a fan of Sun for several years before I joined the company. I was an active member of the Java community since 1996 and then the OpenSolaris community since the beginning. What has impressed me enough to get involved was my admiration for the technologies. I began working for Sun as a contractor last March and then full time a few months later and I am just as excited about working here today as I was on my first day.

So why am I so optimistic about Sun? Well to be honest, I really don't know much about the company's financials, stock price, or what all of the buy out rumors really mean. I can only comment on what I know about and from what I see here at Sun that still impresses me. The main thing that really stands out for with with Sun are the people. There are a lot of very smart and dedicated people here. In the IT industry that is key. So from my perspective Sun has the tools to be successful and will be over time.

Here is just one example of what I am talking about. I use OpenSolaris as my primary desktop on my workstation and laptop. I run bi-weekly development builds on these machines and the level of quality is absolutely amazing for development builds. Sure there are problems from time to time but not any more than I have experienced with popular commercial operating systems that are certainly not development builds. When you stop and think about that it is really amazing and something that you really don't hear much about but should.

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SUN is much bigger than MS with a products lightyears ahead. Opensolaris is amore addictive than cocaine. It made me spent 320 hard earned Euros to bu a AA1 to run OpenSolaris (Crapdows partition is for my girlfriend but who knows?) and brought me back to my sit hacking and tweaking.It also made me spend money for a new CPU+mobo and use it, it surprised my brother with Compiz.

So I do not think you are right :-)

Posted by Vasileios Anagnostopoulos on April 14, 2009 at 07:16 AM EDT #

I really hope you're right. The people who work for Sun do put out amazing products. A big part of the problem has always been the lack of advertising, and not every product having a defined direction. This appeared to be changing for the better. It's clearly an issue with management, and they've been proving it over the past few weeks. It appears they have no faith in their company, and I still haven't seen them comment on the failed buyout. We were all hoping for that to happen today, but I didn't see. If they want us to continue buying from them, they need to show us that they'll be around. I really hope management gets a clue... It'd be a sad day if they killed off Sun.

Posted by Eric on April 14, 2009 at 03:54 PM EDT #

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