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McNealy calling the kettle black

A reader writes that Sun CEO Scott McNealy is on a Java spin campaign of his own.


McNealy calling the kettle black

In response to the Aug. 22 column by Scott McNealy, "The masters of spin are at it again":

Scott McNealy has a problem that he can't seem to be over. What is that problem? Microsoft is making more money than him, and he wants that to stop. So he has set off on a spin campaign of his own.

I think the thing that gets me to most with this article is that McNealy accuses Microsoft of doing stuff just because it is bad for consumers. I will be the first to admit Microsoft does stuff that is bad for customers, but never have I seen a company do that just because they can. Microsoft is no exception.

What McNealy needs to face is that when Sun sued Microsoft over Java, it burned all bridges with the company. Anything Microsoft would ever have thought about doing as a favor for Sun will never happen now. (Whether Sun or Microsoft was right does not change this fact.) Microsoft lost and had to change to a version of Java to something Sun liked, and it turned out to be buggy and full of security holes.

Well, as Microsoft built XP and then subsequently went about rushing it to market, doing favors for Sun was not at the top of its list. Microsoft knows that it does not need Java for people to buy its stuff. What Sun does not understand is that it needs Microsoft for Java to survive.

Maybe if Sun had turned Java over to a board of standards instead of trying to keep it all for itself, Microsoft would have picked it up again. Microsoft hates to miss out on an international standard.

Nathan Raddin
Richmond, Va.