Interesting piece here in TechWeb — Is The PC Passing Wintel By?. It’s basically about how is now scrambling due to the rise of on Intel servers and the migration of 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 . Here it is:

As for Linux, its growth on the server side looks like it will continue unabated. On the client side, even if it never achieves a sizable PC installed base (I call these “Lintel” boxes), it has played its most important role in terms of keeping Microsoft honest, in much the same way that AMD holds Intel’s chip technology to the fire.

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. , , and 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 . Do you?


2 thoughts on “Suntel?

  1. Jim,
    Never say never!
    The U.S. SEC would have to approve such a ‘merger’ which would clearly violate multiple IT industry anti-trust laws.
    That said, Redmond has spent in excess of six (6) billion dollars lately ‘satisfying’ legal complaints from competitors.
    Don’t buy any new clothing just yet!


  2. 1) OpenSolaris running on a Mactel box would be really cool. Apple has said they won’t stop Windows from running on these boxes, so I’d bet Solaris is already 90+% there. One box, four OSes: Solaris, Mac OS, Linux, and Windows…that’s multi-boot heaven.
    2) Sun and Microsoft getting married?!?!?!?!?!? If Sun are smart, you’ll leave ’em standing at the altar and elope with a nicer guy who won’t beat you up, call you bad names, and stab you in the back when you aren’t looking.
    3) I’m still of the opinion that Microsoft has no viable business model going forward. Sun can open source to their heart’s content, because you are diversified into hardware and services and have enough lawyers to make it all fly. Microsoft has to piggyback on top of HP and Dell, who themselves sell lots of Linux servers and some desktops. IMO, the markets are looking to cut out the middle man, which leaves Microsoft somewhat exposed, as there are solid alternatives, now.


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