It seems The Register reads Planet Sun too...

It seems the staff of The Register read as well - they've quoted Geoff Arnold's blog entry on the momentous Sun/Microsoft rapprochement in this article. Odd, seeing as though Andrew Orlowski, the author of The Register article has previously expressed his disdain for all things blogish.

Update: Seems the above isn't true: Geoff tells me he often corresponds with Andrew Orlowski (see comments below). Shame :-)

According to the article, a Sun employee has mailed The Register saying that "this whole thing has my gut in knots" and "I used to follow Scott blindly". Sheesh, get a grip man, it's just a business decision. Although I really like Sun and consider it's the best company that I've worked for (and I've worked for a few), it is when all is said and done, just a business - not a goddam religion.

The other thing that's tickled me about the whole Sun/Microsoft deal is the 'You just can't win' aspect. For a long time Sun has had lawsuits pending against Microsoft, which was widely considered to be A Good Thing and About Time Someone Got Some Money from Them. Now Sun has trousered the money, it's seen as some kind of betrayal, some kind of humungous corporate sell-out. Well excuse me, but what exactly was the point of the legal action in the first place?

The same thing applies to the other part of the deal, the agreement to work more closely with Microsoft. Again, for a long time Scott McNealy has been criticised as being too focused on being anti-Microsoft, too intransigent in his dealings with them. He's obviously listened, and taken it to heart - which must have been personally difficult as he will have known the likely reaction - and gone and built some bridges. Now as a result he's weak, he doesn't know what he stands for, he's a Microsoft lickspittle, he can't possibly continue at Sun because it represents too much of a culture shock for him to cope with and so on.

Lastly I've been very amused by the way the way the Linux Klan are so self-absorbed (I think "up themselves" is the exact phrase I'm looking for) that they can't believe that there is anything in the IT world isn't centred entirely on them. As I've said before, they are convinced that "There is a global conspiracy which is striving to destroy Linux", and they seem only to be able to see the announcement as some sort of attack on Linux. One very prominent member of the Open Source world phoned up one of my colleagues after the announcement last Friday and asked him "What does Microsoft's d**k taste like", which I think nicely demonstrates the mindset of the radical wing of the Linux movement.

I'm still desperately trying to convince myself that the vast majority of the Linux community don't subscribe to this extremist "Them or Us" manifesto, and that as with many things in life, moderate people are usually exactly that - moderate - and so they don't get a hearing. Unfortunately the Linux community seems to becoming dominated by these bigots - I'm not sure how many of them actually contribute anything except copious quantities of invective.

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Re: It seems The Register reads Planet Sun too...

Actually there's nothing Planetsun'ish about Andy's story: he and I have corresponded off and on for a long time now. And he did ask me if I'd mind being quoted. Hmmm... if I hadn't wanted to be quoted, I wouldn't have blogged it.