Saturday, June 05, 2004

Setting Sun

So, Sun Microsystems is partnering with Fujitsu to develop SPARC and open sourcing Java. My my.

The deal with Fujitsu is remarkable because Sun, like Apple, was once a hardware company at its heart, and SPARC was its crown jewel. Parting with someone else on SPARC is essentially Sun turning its back on its hardware roots, something that I thought I would never be able to do. We'll see if things work out. Java, on the other hand, was always slightly schizophrenic for Sun because it commoditizes hardware (and OS) -- thus consuming the other half of its business. Good thing it never caught on on the desktop and was relegated to chunky server-side programs only. Thanks to .NET and C#, it seems that the competition in the network-centric object-oriented language market has driven prices to marginal cost, i.e. zero. We'll see if Microsoft changes its C# licensing in any way.

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