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McNealy to IBM: "Go Open Source with DB2 and Then You Can Tell Me What To Do with My Assets"

McNealy to IBM: "Go Open Source with DB2 and Then You Can Tell Me What To Do with My Assets"

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    During a news conference held last week at the FOSE 2004 conference in Washington,DC, Sun's supremo Scott McNealy confirmed that Sun won't be opening the source to Java anytime soon.

    "We're trying to understand what problem does it solve that is not already solved," McNealy said, in response to the inevitable questions about what if anything Sun was doing to respond to IBM's invitation to collaborate on an open-source implementation of Java.

    He rejected Eric Raymond's call to "Let Java Go" and noted Sun's longtime experience with the open source community:

    "We've been around the block many times on open interfaces, open systems implementation, compatibility. Nobody has more experience on community development," McNealy said.

    As he has done before, McNealy pointed to what he considers to be the fractured nature of Linux, where a Red Hat distro can have features not compatible with another flavor of Linux.

    But he saved his most combative tone for IBM itself. Speaking to IBM through the assembled reporters in Washington, DC, he said:

    "Go open source with DB2 and then you can tell me what to do with my assets."

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