Reporters Partly Cloudy About Sun Details


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Reporters Partly Cloudy About Sun Details
Jason Lee Miller | Staff Writer

At the eagerly awaited Webcast from the Computer History Museum
(which occured at 1:30 pm today) with Sun Microsystems CEO Scott
McNealy and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, reporters waited anxiously for
the bang. Alas, it ends not with a bang, but a whimper, albeit a
big whimper.

Admittedly, the scale of the announcement was impressive. Google
is teaming up with Sun Microsystems to promote and distribute
software technologies by making it easier to freely obtain Sun's
Java Runtime Enviroment (JRE), the late October released Google
Toolbar, and the office productivity suite, taking
the "network is the computer" philosophy to the next level.

The new partnership will affect millions of end-users, governments,
and businesses, with open-source thin-application ease.

"Oh," said the crowd as enthusiasm was siphoned from the room u
ber-geek CEO style. The thought bubble, thick in the air and almost
visible, read, "I dropped everything and hoofed it down here for

Where was the talk of Microsoft? The Google Browser? The Google
OS? What about Sun president Jonathan Schwartz' ode to open-source
on Saturday, the "shot heard round the world?"

Nada. Nada but uncomfortable tight-lipped CEOs and disappointed
reporters (yes, me too), who for 24 hours had hyped the potential
of this partnership, the impending Microsoft killer that would
change the world as we knew it.

USA Today's Michelle Kessler inquired about the elephant (Microsoft)
in the room.


After some more hounding (i.e., after no more questions about Java),
McNealy finally responded about its OS rival, Microsoft.

"Is your opponent Microsoft?" dutifully asked a tenacious

"Everything's not a hockey match," said McNealy.

Crickets chirp in the background, slightly louder than the muffled
laughter, but not nearly as loud as the hopes and imaginations
falling in disillusioned droplets to the floor.

And there it ends, friends. If there ever was a Google OS or browser
in the works, Schmidt and McNealy were decidedly silent about it.
And the shot heard round the world? Well, let's just say if you
missed it, you can download it any time from Google Video.

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