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McNealy Seeks HP-Sun Unix Union

Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy is urging rival Hewlett-Packard to unite its HP-UX Unix operating system with Sun's Solaris Unix operating system – but is the offer for real?

Some think not. In a brief memo written March 1 to HP CEO Mark Hurd -- broadly distributed by Sun to media outlets Wednesday-- McNealy urged HP to agree to converge HP-UX with Sun's Solaris 10.

Although the memo appears sincere, McNealy, known for publicly baiting rivals, states his case by asserting that HP has abandoned its Unix customers and developers and has relegated its Unix operating system to Intel's Itanium system.

Sun and HP have been battling over market share numbers distributed by IDC recently that show HP in the leading position for selling high-end enterprise Unix systems.

The memo was distributed just one day before HP CEO Hurd, Intel CEO Paul Otellini and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison are slated to deliver a visionary outlook on enterprise computing and news about HP's high-end Integrity servers.

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