When will Scott McNealy realize that he’s no longer relevant? One of my favorite quotes from his interview with the New York Times:
“If you want to do a little experiment, go to Google and type “Scott McNealy software is going to free.” You just Google on that – you will go back and see that I was predicting five years ago that software was going to go to a zero-right-to-use model”
Linux is eating your lunch so you have little choice but to give away Solaris. Sadly you didn’t predict you’re stock would be in the toilet. Scott, you’re not nearly as entertaining when you’ve been marginalized. Gates stopped losing sleep over Sun a long time ago. Your public put downs of Bill are now seen as pathletic rather than witty although they have diminished to a trickle since you cashed the $1.2 billion settlement check. Hopefully that money will save a few jobs for the time being.
Scott goes on to dodge questions about whether or not he’s happy with Sun shares at around the cost of a Happy Meal and when Sun will return to profitability. Scott followed the Steve Jobs rule of dealing with Microsoft. To quote Steve Miller: “Go on, take the money and run…”