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Sun Opens Up

For years, Sun Microsystems was synonymous with "open" computing. It was Sun's Solaris operating system, more than others, that was based on open industry standards, a point CEO Scott McNealy made almost every time he opened his mouth back in the '90s. But in the new world of software, "open" refers to publicly available code, as in open source, and Sun's a latecomer, not a leader. McNealy and crew are anxious to change that--if only millions of customers and developers will join them.

Sun launched its Linux counterstrategy earlier this month with the release of OpenSolaris, a version of Solaris 10 that gives everyone from Joe Developer to Microsoft's chief software architect hands-on access to the operating system's kernel, libraries, and commands.

'We've got to make some money, somewhere, somehow,' McNealy says.
Java, 10 Years In The Making
November 1990:
Sun starts Project Green, whose developers go on to create Java

September 1992:
The Green team demonstrates a computer language code-named
Oak, later named Java

February 1995:
First demonstration of Java at a conference in Monterey,

May 1995:
Sun's John Gage and Netscape's Marc Andreessen jointly unveil
Java in San Francisco

Java software development kit version 1 is released

October 1997:
Sun sues Microsoft for breaching terms of its Java license

December 1998:
Java 2 software ships; Sun formalizes the Java Community

June 2001:
Microsoft found guilty of harming Sun with anti-competitive


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