I fear this thread is off topic, but...

On Tue, 23 Sep 2003 19:14:10 -0700, Viktor Lazlo wrote:
> On Tue, 23 Sep 2003, Dragoncrest wrote:
> >          Of course MS and Sun are loving this up and helping out SCO a lot
> > since they see Linux as their worst competitor.  In their eyes the sooner
> > linux dies the happier they'll be.  Oh well, too late now cause Linux (and
> > the BSD's) are here to stay.  :)
> Actually Sun is developing their own desktop-oriented Mad Hatter
> distribution of Linux.
This is one of those depressingly frequent cases where facts are
needed and I have few to offer.

Sun has being rolling the Open Source concept around at least since
they acquired StarOffice; they hired Linuxcare, my then-employer, to
provide technical support.  Greg Lehey may well remember this; it
occurred in the same timeframe as Linuxcare was toying with the notion
of extending its business model into FreeBSD space.

The indications then were that they just weren't quite getting it.
And it seems bizarre that they are entering this space, a marginal
proposition at best, with a Linux distribution in these economic

My dark suspicion is that they are hoping to embrace and suffocate.  I
could be wrong -- they've certainly had enough people trying to
explain Open Source to them for the last several years, and it's
possible they've seen the light.  But I doubt it.

My own guess is that Sun's Linux distribution will disappear along
with any number of other projects that Sun has floated from time to

David Benfell, LCP
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