By jpblog on Jan 26, 2010
Today as the Sun comes up, we as Sun employees are likely to have our last day as part of the greatest technology company the world has ever seen. I know that all of us will do the right thing and how we behave reflects the legacy of Sun Microsystems. Today our Leader set the tone and I want to publicly Thank Scott for the years of leadership he has shown us all. ( who doesn't have a Scott story ) The thing that we all learned from Scott is was what courage is all about. He pushed us and challenged us all to ask the hard questions, create technology, or not accept the the established answer. 24 yr 4 months and 10 days ago ( I missed 25 yrs, the EU came back to fast ) when I joined Sun I never dreamed that I would have the opportunity to be part of this amazing experience to really effect the world forever. I remember clearly after my first week at Sun telling my wife, do not plan on me staying here more than 6 months these people are crazy!
It wasn't crazy it was pure genius ! Let's not forget Sun made systems and operating systems open. We defined open systems in a world where closed and controlled was the standard of doing business. We did opensource before anybody had ever heard the word. We called it NFS !! ( connect-a-thon ) We made window systems truely functional we called that SunView! We opened the world to the idea that Unix could solve business problems. We called that SunOS and later Solaris ! We said chips companies should have competition and RISC made more sense. We called that SPARC ! We said that applications should not be locked to the OS and processor. We called that Java ! ( well Oak at first) The list goes on and on!! We can all agree being part of this is a once in a lifetime experience and one that has effected all of us. No matter what happens tomorrow all of us ( past and present employees) proudly say we where part of Sun and we changed the world. We will all take what we have learned and experienced into our next jobs, challenges, or whatever you choose to do. My family and I have grown and benefited from our time at Sun, this is something that I can not thank you all enough for. To my Sun family past and present, today when the Sun comes up be proud and show the courage that is our legacy. One thing no one can ever take away from you is YOU ARE ALWAYS A PART OF THE SUN FAMILY! All the best and thank you!