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Did SJVN read the article?

I’ve had my disagreements with Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols on many things, but I’ve generally respected him as a journalist as he does have some good history (including working on a Perkin Elmer with unix [I guess V7] like I did in the early 80’s), and he generally researches before he writes.

However, on reading this response to an article that Sun put up about Ning, I am left wondering if he read past the hyphen in the title!

His diatribe jumped directly into a reinforcement of his opinion of us “flip-flopping on Linux” and contained nothing of the actual article that sparked him off.

Come on Steven, you can do better than that.

The actual title of the article is a quote from Marc Andreessen, who (last time I looked) is not a Sun employee. The guts of it are actually interesting, as Marc (who initially thought it would be cheaper to implement what he needed using Linux on whiteboxes) was surprised to find that he could actually do it cheaper using Sun’s boxes and Solaris 10.

The article goes into Marc’s numbers and how he made the decision. I believe that Jonathan also went into further detail of the calculations back on February 17.

Surely a refutation(sp?) of the actual content would have been far more useful and interesting than this diatribe Steven.


This, this and this are the type of thing that I mean when I talk about Steven researching and doing a good background before publishing.

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Written by Alan

March 12, 2006 at 10:43 pm

Posted in Solaris

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