Sun chief executive Scott McNealy launched a fresh attack on Microsoft this week, only days after his company released an add in card for running Windows on its hardware.
In his keynote speech at Sun?s European press and analyst?s conference yesterday, McNealy commented: ?The day we start selling NT is the day Ford sells Toyota and Coca Cola resells Pepsi.?
However, only a couple of days before, the company launched its Sun PCI card giving Unix users access to Windows 95, Windows 3.x and DOS applications.
Despite this apparent about face, McNealy spent a large part of his speech slamming Microsoft and Windows and what he described as its ?blue screen of death.?
?You think you?ve got a Year 2000 problem, but its really a Windows 2000 problem. You don?t need 40 million lines of code to access AOL.? he said.
Other Sun officials made even stronger comments against Microsoft. John Gage, director of Sun?s science office described the software giant?s centralised control of the desktop as the ?Saddam Hussein model of computing.? He added: ?Gates is not human, he operates on a maximise function. He?s not a thug but he does have thugs working for him that bludgeon people.?
McNealy went on to say that he no longer considers companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Compaq as Sun?s main competitors. ?These companies are really only grocery stores, pretending to be computer companies. They?re just reselling Intel and Microsoft. The only company that is doing well out of this model is Dell because it understand that is all it is," he said
"We are now competing against like category leaders like Microsoft, Cisco and EMC,? McNealy added.
He said that he believed companies would eventually stop buying PCs. ?Gartner have predicted that by the year 2000, the predominate way to access the Internet will not be through a PC.?
McNealy added that users would access information stored on a network using a range of devices including network computers and personal digital assistants.
?NCs are like Freddy, they?re coming back. You can tell everybody NCs are dead, I don?t want any competition.?
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