Friday, February 25, 2011

McNealy: Sun could have won out over Linux - Computerworld

Oh well…

Sun had its Solaris x86 product, which the company kept reviving and cancelling. "If we had just grabbed the Intel Pentium chip and done a one-way and two-way pizza box with Solaris on it, Linux never would have happened," McNealy said. "Google today would be running on Solaris." Oracle is still offering and developing Solaris.

McNealy and Zander also recalled how close Sun came to acquiring Apple Computer in late 1995 and early 1996. "We were literally hours away from buying Apple for about $5, $6 a share at that time," Zander said. But an investment banker on the Apple side put in so many terms that Sun could not afford to make the deal. "He basically blocked it," McNealy said.

McNealy: Sun could have won out over Linux - Computerworld

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