Linux Foundation Corrects Schwartz on 'LAMP' Interpretation

Lora Bentley

If you haven't seen it yet, Linux Foundation's marketing director, Amanda McPherson, took Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz to task over the weekend. First, she thinks the company's strategy to target Web 2.0 developers is simply "too little, too late." Second, she indicates that Schwartz is out of line to suggest that Sun isn't bound by the "L" in LAMP and would, in fact, substitute Solaris for Linux in the stack.


On the targeting of Web 2.0 developers, McPherson asks:

[W]hich and how many Web 2.0 developers? You mean the ones who are not on Linux? Unfortunately that doesn't leave very many. Facebook, Amazon's cloud computing initiatives, Google, YouTube, Flickr, Technorati, Wikipedia, Digg, del.icio.us all run on Linux. New developers are targeting Linux. Why? Cost, choice and talent pool.

She goes on to point out that a majority of Sun's x86 sales are Linux rather than any version of Solaris.


As for substituting Solaris for Linux in the LAMP stack, she says:

Sun can certainly substitute Solaris for Linux in the stack, but I'm not sure many customers will. (Customers tend to be pretty literal in their technology decisions.) Why would a "young Internet company" tie their business to a platform with shrinking market share and a tiny non-Sun developer base? We are confident MySQL will continue supporting Linux as its primary platform partner since that is where they make their sales.

Interestingly, Schwartz seemed to agree with at least the first part of this statement in a Jan. 19 blog post where he answered questions about the impending MySQL acquisition. The relevant questions and their answers were as follows:

Will you change their platform priorities? Absolutely not. Why not? Because the L in LAMP stands for Linux, not Looney. Customers prioritize MySQL's platform choices, not Sun. As with Glassfish, their number one download platform is still Windows -- and we're very committed to those developers, as well.

It certainly seems like he's changed his tune, but maybe I'm missing something.

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Feb 20, 2008 10:53 AM Lex Lex  says:
It's seems to me that the bigger the Linux community gets, the more they (the hard core sorts) forget where they come from. Amanda sounds a bit protectionist about Linux. Why not swap out the L for S? Is there a problem with that? What is it? If it suits your needs... then go for it. I swear, hard core Linux people are starting to sound like my die hard Microsoft loving cousin in 1998. FREEEDOM oF CHOICE. No where is Jonathan saying "Linux sucks" or you shouldn't do it, however Amanda sure doesn't sound very open minded to Solaris. Way to go! You crazy opensource loving only if it's LAMP babe. Reply
Feb 27, 2008 2:31 PM Suvro Suvro  says:
Hi,You may call me a admirer of Sun Microsystems. I feel that SAMP makes perfect business sense atleast for Sun. It has bought mysql just for this purpose that it is an important ingredient in its portfolio and it should deliver value addition to Sun.In this world nothing is free. If Sun is pumping money in open source, it wants profit, value addition to its portfolio, support revenue to soar. I have not seen anyone not wanting any money. If you know anyone, I would like to have his/her phone number.Sun is not taking away support of the stack from Linux but extending support to Solaris. Why anyone would have problem with that. It is free market. If Solaris is better, let it win, gain market share. Let customer decide. I worked in Sun Microsystems and I do admire the wonderful and talented people out there. Way to go Jonathan. RegardsSuvro Upadhyaya Reply

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