Monday, September 12, 2005

Sun Microsystems Returns to Its Roots to Determine a New Direction - New York Times

Sun Microsystems Returns to Its Roots to Determine a New Direction - New York Times: "Unlike Sun's current corporate server computers - which are based on its proprietary Sparc microprocessors and are principally designed to run Solaris, Sun's version of the Unix operating system - the new Galaxy machines will run Solaris, Windows and Linux interchangeably or even simultaneously.
The Galaxy computers are intended to take advantage of the popularity of Advanced Micro Devices' 64-bit Opteron microprocessors while adding features that conserve energy and make systems easier to use and maintain.
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For Mr. Bechtolsheim, who invested $200,000 in Google at an early stage and who is a billionaire, what matters most is that the new systems are evidence that he is doing just what wants to be doing at age 49.
"I've wanted to build things since I was 6 years old," he said, still wearing Birkenstocks. "Writing checks and watching companies grow is not my cup of tea, if you know what I mean.""
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