Sneak was gutted to learn that Sun’s colourful, quotable, toothy, dogged, doggy-loving and ice-hockey obsessed chief executive Scott McNealy has stepped aside in favour of pony-tailed “ideas man” Jonathan Schwartz.
Sneak has always admired McNealy for saying the kind of things other CEOs only think. Famously, he told bed-wetting privacy advocates: “You have no privacy. Get over it.” And did he try to weasel out of it after the furore erupted? No, he repeated the point: “Someone already has your medical records. Someone has my dental records. Someone has my financial records. Someone knows just about everything about me... Visa knows what you bought. You have no privacy. Get over it. That's what I said.”
What has Schwartz said of equivalent, spat-inducing notoriety? “Let me be really clear about our Linux strategy. We don't have one. We don't at all. We do not believe that Linux plays a role on the server. Period.”
Yeah, whatever Jon.
Of course in his ongoing role as Sun’s chairman, Sneak fully expects that McNealy will hold his tongue and let Schwartz have free rein for, ooh, ages. Has anyone got a stopwatch?
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