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McNealy: Sun could have won out over Linux

Paul Krill | Feb. 25, 2011
Sun Microsystems' mishandling of Solaris on the Intel platform left an opening for Linux to become established, when the company's Solaris OS could have won out instead, Sun co-founder and former CEO Scott McNealy said when interviewed Thursday evening by former Sun President Ed Zander at a Silicon

McNealy warned against a growing public sector taking over the private sector, calling it the one threat to all technology companies. Growth in the public sector will drive out innovation, he said. The Obama administration's stimulus spending "is just spending more than you have," McNealy said.

These days, McNealy is chairman of two startup ventures, including Flogton, which is "not golf" spelled backwards and presents an alternative mode of playing golf. McNealy described the other venture as a "stealth" startup.

 

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