Jonathon Schwartz of Sun - their exec VP in charge of Software - proves that 'de nile' is more than a river in Egypt:
Also, let me really clear about our Linux strategy. We don't have one. We don't at all. We do not believe that Linux plays a role on the server. Period. If you want to buy it, we will sell it to you, but we believe that Solaris is a better alternative, that is safer, more robust, higher quality and dramatically less expensive in purchase price. How much is the nearest competitor's cheapest enterprise offering? And it doesn't come with a portal server, application server, Web server messaging, calendaring, clustering, high availability services and directory services provisioning. Give me a break. Ours is $100 an employee. How much is theirs? Bring it on. We will also indemnify you for Solaris, and if IBM says you don't need it, then why do they have so many lawyers suing people over patent and copy violations.
Wow. That's FUD and stupidity in one neat, tidy package. Linux plays no role on the server? Solaris is cheaper? On which planet? Indemnify against SCO?
And this is precious - you can translate Sun's indemnification offer to: "We will offer you something truly useless, but that sounds useful if you don't know the details"
If you use Linux on the server, even if we sold the distribution to you, you are on your own. If you buy our Java desktop solution [which includes SuSe Inc. Linux] you are completely indemnified as long as you run it as a desktop solution. And by the way, don't take our desktop product and put it on the server. We are indemnifying them for our products. If we incorporate someone else's component we will make sure that we can indemnify it. I have licenses to all those issues that SCO is suing IBM for. If I didn't have them, I certainly wouldn't indemnify them.
Gads. Someone take away his kool-aid before he hurts himself....