Fascinating piece here from Stephen Shankland -- Sun's
next goal: A Linux ecosystem
. I love the assertive and positive
comments from Sun, and I love the skepticism from competitors and
others. I'm not saying that honest skepticism isn't called for in
situations like this, but what this article demonstrates quite clearly
is that people are responding to Sun, not the other way around. That
is what has changed
around here. Anyway, here are some of my favorite quotes from the
article (in no particular order):
"The time for Linux on Sparc as any
kind of major market phenomenon has
come and gone -- over five years ago now, maybe longer," Illuminata
analyst Jonathan Eunice said. "It just serves to split the available
Isn't that what some said about OpenSolaris?
"To be successful, Solaris has to go
beyond Sparc. But also to be
successful, Sparc has to go beyond Solaris," said David Yen, who as
executive vice president of Sun's Sparc server group is trying to make
the chip family "the new industry standard."
Really nice quote. Solaris has been transformed due to specific
innovations in Solaris 10, the porting of the system to other
platforms, and the community building effort around OpenSolaris. It
seems that SPARC is headed along a similar path. Next year will be very
"They're late, they don't have a
particular price-performance advantage
or any particular reason the Linux market would move there," Don
Jenkins, vice president of marketing for HP's Business Critical Server
group, said of Sun's move. "It strikes me as a pretty daunting task."
Also a nice quote. If there's one PR "key message" that competitors
have tossed our way over the last few years it's that one right there:
"They're late." Late to XML, late to Web Services, late to open source,
"That's 'old think,'" [Jonathan
Schwartz] said when asked if Sun had enough energy and
resources to build Linux and BSD ecosystems for Sparc. "Open-source
communities are a much bigger player today than vendors in creating
ecosystems. So whether Sun is the lead or a supporter is less relevant
than answering the question, 'Is there customer interest?' Given the
5-to-1 price/performance benefit of running Web loads on Niagara versus
Xeon, interest exists from a broad variety of customers to migrate
existing Linux-Xeon deployments over to Linux or BSD on Niagara."
Again. Asserting the positive, instead of crying about the past.
Still, Sun has no shortage of gumption.
"Linux on Sparc is dead
serious," President Jonathan Schwartz said in an e-mail interview. "I'm
personally talking to leaders in the community. BSD, too."
Gumption. Now that's
something I don't mind being associated with at all.