RichMan (8097) writes "This is under politics and patents because that is where the real subject is. Sure Microsoft is threatening Linux but the real deal is the approach to customers and business strategy fostered by the consumer environment.
Jonathan Schwartz shares his thoughs on Sun's history with open development and customer relations. Sure it reads a bit like PR but some good history and points and lots of good quotes.
With business down and customers leaving, we had more than a few choices at our disposal. We were invited by one company to sue the beneficiaries of open source. We declined. We could join another and sue our customers. That seemed suicidal. We were offered the choice to scuttle Solaris, and resell someone else's operating system. We declined. And we were encouraged to innovate by developers and customers who wanted Sun around, who saw the value we delivered through true systems engineering."