McNealy says Sun is still strong

McNealy says Sun is still strong

Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy has sent the message that despite a low stock price and questions about customer concerns, Sun is still achieving positive cash flow - indeed has money in the bank - and is bringing to market new technologies to compete against its biggest rivals.

McNealy was on stage during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo conference last week, and was joined by Gartner vice presidents Daryl Plummer and Laura McClellan.

McNealy said that Sun has gained more market share compared to IBM and HP in the last nine months than in any other nine-month period in history.

Plummer asked McNealy about Linux, and whether the open-source OS will pose a threat to Sun's own Linux in the data centre.

"The fastest-growing part of Linux is the desktop. We see a big opportunity there," McNealy said, explaining that Sun is building an open-source desktop offering that includes StarOffice as well as Sun One mail and calendar software.

"We think we can come in at half the cost of the Windows client," McNealy said.

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