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Scott McNealy: "We Were the Red Hat of Berkeley Software Before Linus Was Out of Diapers"

"We Love Community Development," He Adds

From Scott McNealy's interview with the San Francisco Chronicle:

"We believe in community development. I'm going to sound a little Al Gore-ish here. But we invented community development at Sun.

Scott McNealy smiling at the SYS-CON Television camera moments before his JavaOne opening day keynote. (Photo copyright SYS-CON Media)

"Let me justify that because I don't think (Gore) justified his (comments about inventing the Internet). I think I can justify ours. (Former Sun Chief Technologist) Bill Joy, as far as I can tell, kind of pioneered the whole concept of open-source kernels at (Berkeley Software Distribution) and created the licensing mechanism. We brought him into Sun, and we were kind of the Red Hat of Berkeley software before (Linux kernel inventor) Linus (Torvalds) was out of diapers. So we've been doing this forever.

"We've been driving the Unix community forever. The Java community process, over 900 folks, 2.5 billion devices, 700 million cell phones, 700 million PCs, a billion Java cards, 4.5 million developers.

"We love community development. We'll leverage it. We think we can compete quite nicely -- and we have for 24 years in the open-source, open-interface community development world. I don't know anybody else who's done better, created a bigger cash pile.

"We're 16 straight years cash-flow positive from operations by being a community developer. Now, we don't have the Microsoft cash pile, but we've got an interesting one. I'm certainly not ashamed of what we've done over the last 24 years."

Linux Torvalds,


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Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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