At MontaVista, Ulander will be vice president of marketing, the company confirmed. MontaVista, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., sells versions of Linux and associated programming tools for adapting the open-source operating system to "embedded" computing devices such as or .
Ulander had been working onto claim a foothold on personal computers, a stronghold held for years by rival Microsoft. Sun's attack employs Linux, , a graphical interface and the closely related OpenOffice and StarOffice, which compete with Microsoft's Office productivity package.
Sun confirmed Ulander's decision to leave but said the company remains committed to desktop software. "We will continue delivering high-quality desktop solutions and build upon our success in the desktop market," Sun said in a statement.
Sun chiefly sells more powerful computers called servers, but the Santa Clara, Calif., company has seen market share and revenue decline for years. Sun is in the midst of a. The company is scheduled to report financial results for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2004 on Tuesday.
MontaVistain April, bringing its total investment to $72 million. The company faces competition from , , a host of companies with other versions of Linux or custom-made operating systems, and top Linux seller Red Hat and embedded-systems specialist Wind River.
At MontaVista, Ulander will be reunited with a former colleague,. At server maker Cobalt, which Sun in 2000, Herrell was vice president of marketing, and Ulander was a senior product marketing manager.
In April, MontaVista hired Herrell as senior vice president of strategic operations.