Subject: Re: What should Sun do?
From: Bernard Lang <Bernard.Lang@inria.fr>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2005 23:47:15 +0100

* David Fetter <david@fetter.org>, le 21-01-05, a écrit:
> On Fri, Jan 21, 2005 at 07:53:47PM +0100, David N. Welton wrote:
> 
> > Hi,
> > 
> > To have something else to discuss rather than patents, which for
> > some of us is perhaps straying a bit far from the practicalities of
> > free software business, despite our general support for limiting the
> > frivolous ones, I'd like to propose "what should Sun do?" as a topic
> > of debate.
> 
> My thought is, "fold."  Sun hardware is in a now-vanished space
> between FreeBSD and Linux on x86 underneath and IBM on top.  Sun
> software...some of it is nice stuff, but they're not making any money
> on it.  They missed their chance to stay profitable.
> 
> In re: FLOSS, they've also missed their chance to be percieved as a
> supporter.  Right now, it would take at least a year--which they can
> ill afford--of consistent pro-FLOSS messages from every level of the
> company to convince people that they really had some kind of pro-FLOSS
> stance.

A major asset in the FLOSS battle is OpenOffice

it seems to me that have something to do with it ...
They can convince anyone within a month or two, it they really mean it.

Bernard

> > (BTW, what do they make their money from these days?)
> 
> According to quarterly reports, they don't.
> 
> Cheers,
> D
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