Is It Time for Sun to Buy Red Hat or SuSE?
Robin Bloor of Bloor Research thinks so.
By: Linux News Desk
Jul. 7, 2003 12:00 AM
(July 7, 2003) - Peter Bloor, the founder and chief executive of UK-based IT analysts Bloor Research, has been speculating this week that Sun ought to buy a Linux company (specifically, Red Hat or SuSE).
He has been suggesting too that Sun should start promoting Star Office more aggressively and maybe come up with a "Sun PC" – in other words, a PC that runs Linux, Star Office and other bundled stuff. "If Sun could do this," Bloor observes, "it would send a powerful message to the market."
Perhaps Dell (UK) would agree to bundle Star Office on its PCs, for example. Because, in Europe anyway, Star Office and its free alter ego Open Office are currently doing great business - especially in Germany where market share is above 30% and rising.
"Unfortunately," says Bloor, "Sun hasn't yet come to grips with Linux - although it has to be said, it now sells Linux servers at aggressive prices. What it hasn't done is find a way to embrace Linux within its broad product strategy. This is a bullet it has to bite. How to make Linux strategic within the Sun ecosystem."
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