Interesting piece here in TechWeb — Is The PC Passing Wintel By?. It’s basically about how Microsoft is now scrambling due to the rise of Linux on Intel servers and the migration of Apple to Intel desktops. So, we now have Lintel and Mactel. What about Wintel? Will poor ol’ Wintel get passed by? Well, if you check out the last three paragraphs of the article you’ll see that Microsoft’s plan to thwart open source involves Sun. Here it is:
That’s a situation the folks in Redmond can’t be happy with. My feeling is that Microsoft is already in the early stages of formulating a response to blunt the threat of open-source software. The plan can be seen in Microsoft’s increasingly close ties to Sun Microsystems, which has a powerful arsenal of software intellectual property in the form of Solaris, Java, and NetBeans.
If, one day soon, Sun and Microsoft turned their alliance into a full-blown corporate marriage, Microsoft would both reduce the pressure on Longhorn and add technology with enough credibility to field as an alternative to Linux. Suntel, anyone?
Interesting. The “powerful arsenal” bit is a really nice touch (and I appreciate it, believe me), but I’m not sure how that helps Microsoft. Solaris, NetBeans, and Java all compete with Microsoft technologies and are all under community development models — which Microsoft doesn’t like very much. Also, Sun just released more technology to open source and said that even more is on the way. How all that “reduces the pressure on Longhorn” is challenging. The Suntel thing is cool, though, because that’s all about Solaris. I just don’t see how it involves Microsoft in their goal to blunt open source. Do you?