Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

A challenge to Microsoft? Not this deal

Filed under
Misc

McNealy was once known for his caustic attacks on Microsoft. But last year, Sun reached a partnership with the longtime rival, to make its products work better with computers using Microsoft's Windows operating system. Yesterday McNealy was careful not to depict the Sun-Google deal as a challenge to Microsoft. Asked whether he and Schmidt were picking a fight with Microsoft, McNealy replied: ''We're going after revenue, profits, customers, ease of use."

The deal came as a disappointment to John Rymer, industry analyst at Forrester Research in Cambridge.

''It was less than we all hoped for," Rymer said. He doubted that the Google Toolbar deal alone would bring much new revenue to Sun or many more users to Google. Indeed, Rymer thinks that Google and Sun had hoped to detail more substantial initiatives, but couldn't put the deals together quickly enough.

''What I think is they failed to come to an agreement on some of the other things they were working on," said Rymer. ''That's why it was so quixotic today."

On the other hand, the deal confirms that Sun and Google have joined forces. Rymer said that's especially valuable for Sun, which has never fully regained the prominence it had during the Internet boom of the 1990s.

''Just by virtue of the fact that Sun's name was associated with Google," he said, ''their stock went up 6 1/2 percent" on Monday.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Open source software: The question of security

The logic is understandable - how can a software with source code that can easily be viewed, accessed and changed have even a modicum of security? opensource-security-question Open source software is safer than many believe. But with organizations around the globe deploying open source solutions in even some of the most mission-critical and security-sensitive environments, there is clearly something unaccounted for by that logic. According to a November 28 2013 Financial News article, some of the world's largest banks and exchanges, including Deutsche Bank and the New York Stock Exchange, have been active in open source projects and are operating their infrastructure on Linux, Apache and similar systems. Read more

Beer and open source with Untappd

Greg Avola loves beer and coding. He loves beer so much that he made an app, Untappd, where users track their favorite brews. He loves coding so much that he wrote a book about mobile web development. According to him, if it weren't for open source software, his app—and the projects of many other developers—simply wouldn't exist. Read more in my interview with Greg about his open source journey, his favorite beer, and why check-in apps are still relevant. Read more

What is Docker, Really? Founder Solomon Hykes Explains

Docker has quickly become one of the most popular open source projects in cloud computing. With millions of Docker Engine downloads, hundreds of meetup groups in 40 countries and dozens upon dozens of companies announcing Docker integration, it's no wonder the less-than-two-year-old project ranked No. 2 overall behind OpenStack in Linux.com and The New Stack's top open cloud project survey. This meteoric rise is still puzzling, and somewhat problematic, however, for Docker, which is “just trying to keep up” with all of the attention and contributions it's receiving, said founder Solomon Hykes in his keynote at LinuxCon and CloudOpen on Thursday. Most people today who are aware of Docker don't necessarily understand how it works or even why it exists, he said, because they haven't actually used it. “Docker is very popular, it became popular very fast, and we're not really sure why,” Hykes said. “My personal theory … is that it was in the right place at the right time for a trend that's much bigger than Docker, and that is very important for all of us, that has to do with how applications are built.” Read more