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Sun Attempts to Rise Again With New Ally AMD

"Merrill Lynch analysts think that the AMD alliance was a step in the right direction for Sun, but it would definitely not be enough to turn its present situation around. The deal provides AMD with an important ally that could help it win additional customers for Opteron.

Sun currently uses Intel's Xeon microprocessors in its low-end server systems in addition to shipping Linux on its servers. Sun said that it plans to start selling Opteron-based servers next year. IBM also offers an Opteron server, but its focus has been on pushing its Power microprocessor technology. HP, on the other hand, has tied its fortunes to Intel's Itanium 64-bit microprocessor, which is slower than Opteron in running the mainstream 32-bit software.

Sun hopes to gain sizeable market share with its Opteron based systems, as Intel is not looking to produce an Opteron-style chip. As a result, Dell and HP might be pressurised to offer similar systems, which for Dell, would mean a departure from its strategy of offering systems based on Intel microprocessors only.

It remains to be seen whether Sun's alliance move reaps the desired benefits or not.", Mumbai, India, November 18, 2003



'We're Dedicated to the Two Java Systems' Says Schwartz

"Our commitment to [the Java Enterprise System and the Java Desktop System] is unwavering, as it is the future of Sun Microsystems. We will exit the delivery of point products to deliver this system. Customers want to buy systems, not parts."

Jonathan Schwartz, EVP of Software, Sun Microsystems
[reported in eWeek, November 18, 2003]



'Per-Citizen Licensing' is the Way Forward for Java

"Schwartz admitted that Sun is marketing the desktop outside of the United States because interest in the suite in North America where Microsoft's Windows OS has been dominant. He also said Sun hopes to help countries whose citizens do not have broad access to PCs bridge the 'digital divide' through inexpensive or free access to the Java Desktop System.

Sun's Java Desktop System is a Windows-like operating system based on Linux and consisting of open-source technologies such as the Mozilla browser, Evolution mail client and GNOME GUI."

[reported at, November 18, 2003]


'Microsoft Needs to be Concerned'

"China has decided to move to Linux. That tells you there is a strong anti-Microsoft sentiment. I think Microsoft needs to be concerned about business outside the U.S."

Steve Allen, analyst, Sierra Tech Research, San Jose
[quoted in The San Francisco Chronicle, November 18, 2003]

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