Sun Microsystems Chairman Scott McNealy talks with Kai Ryssdal
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| RYSSDAL: You know, it's interesting you mention all those brands because
| I'd be willing to bet most of the listeners to this interview don't know
| what SPARC and Solaris and open source and all those things that you
| just mentioned are. What difference does it make to their daily
| RYSSDAL: So let me ask the question. It was years in the making and
| ust recently settled but what -- for the average listener out there -- what
| was the beef between you and Microsoft?
| MCNEALY: I don't think there was any beef other than a difference in
| philosophy. We believe in the network as the computer. They believed in
| a PC on everybody's desktop. We believed in open interfaces, open source
| and sharing. They believed in, you know, everything from Microsoft and,
| you know, there was a very, very different philosophy.
| MCNEALY: There has to be. There has to be choice. There has to be more
| than one and by us driving open interfaces and open source and community
| development, we're almost guaranteeing we'll have competition and that's
| a good thing.
| RYSSDAL: But how smart is it for your shareholders?
| MCNEALY: You know what? If we could go out and establish a
| guaranteed monopoly, we'd do it. But you know what? There've been --
| every other company practically that started after IBM and then
| after Microsoft is gone trying to establish a monopoly position.
| They're all gone. We didn't.