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What's a Linux Guy Doing at Sun?

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That's the question Ian Murdock, chief open source platform strategist at Sun Microsystems Inc., posed in a session he chaired at Sun's CommunityOne Day on May 7 prior to the opening of the JavaOne conference.

"Why am I here? 'What's a Linux guy doing at Sun? Have you changed sides?'" Murdock said people constantly ask him. "No, that's not how I look at it."

Murdock, a Linux user since 1993 and chair of the LSB (Linux Standards Base), said, "When people say they want Linux, they don't actually mean they want Linux. What they want is the Linux userland user environment and the Linux business model. They want choice. They want the Linux distribution and I'm the Linux distribution guy."

Noting that Marc Andreessen, formerly of Netscape fame, said Solaris is a better Linux than Linux, Murdock broke down the differences for a comparison.

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