Wired 11.07: McNealy’s Last Stand: A fascinating, albeit long, article about the fate of Sun.
“…the story reduces down to this: McNealy spent the second half of the 1990s monomaniacally obsessed with everything having to do with Microsoft, from its monopoly-like practices to the general unreliability of the Windows operating system. Meanwhile, stalwarts like Hewlett-Packard and IBM began selling servers on par with Sun’s most powerful and expensive machines. Dell and Intel, propelled by Linux, started cutting into Sun’s core business at the low end. By the time Sun woke up to this new reality, the smart-guy pundits were asking if the company would be the first big casualty of Linux.”