Gregory Alan Bolcer
gbolcer at endeavors.com
Wed Sep 17 12:14:16 PDT 2003
I never saw anything posted on this, so I included it
here. A couple of nice quotes from McNealy and one
from Irvine eBuilt CTO Joe Lindsay.
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Legacy Of Bill Joy, Departing Co-Founder, Will Live On At Sun
By Jeff O'Heir & Elizabeth Montalbano, CRN
As Chief Scientist Bill Joy leaves Sun Microsystems, so does a big piece
of the company's history.
Back in 1982, Scott McNealy, Andy Bechtolscheim and Vinod Khosla were
looking for a software expert to drive their new company's creative
direction. No matter whom they asked in the San Francisco area, one name
popped up: Bill Joy, a 22-year-old graduate student in electrical
engineering at U.C. Berkeley. He also happened to be a Unix expert.
Nearly 21 years later, Joy--a 1999 inductee into CRN's Industry Hall of
Fame--is still considered a technology oracle who has continued to
recognize important technologies before they enter the collective
Joy led the design of Berkeley Unix, one of the earliest examples of
open-source development; helped create Sun's Network File System, which
drove the then-revolutionary idea of distributed computing; and
contributed to Sun's SPARC chip architecture.
Most recently, Joy, who helped develop the Java programming language in
1995, drove the creation of Project JXTA, an open-source, standard
framework on which solution providers can build peer-to-peer applications.
Sources recently told CRN that Sun, Santa Clara, Calif., plans to
incorporate JXTA technology into N1 and Project Orion, a Sun effort to
integrate its middleware products into its Solaris operating
environment. Some also say Sun is pondering the use of JXTA for its
StarOffice suite of workforce productivity software.
On the heels of next week's Sun Network technology conference, Sun
unveiled Tuesday that Joy would leave the company after more than 20
years. Greg Papadopoulos, Sun's CTO and executive vice president, now
will assume Joy's responsibilities.
Burned out by the hellish traffic and daily grind of life in Silicon
Valley, Joy packed up his family in the late '90s and began
telecommuting from a new home in Aspen, Colo. The wild-haired engineer
had not been a part of the day-to-day administration of Sun for some
time, but has worked in recent years on creating innovation with new
technologies and driving the company's technology vision.
Speaking to CRN at the OracleWorld conference in San Francisco, Sun
Chairman, President and CEO Scott McNealy said there is no ill will
between Joy and the company, and he wished Joy well in his new endeavors.
"Bill and I are best buddies and his departure was very amicable,"
McNealy said. "I'd like to see him get passionate and motivated and
focused on something new."
Solution providers said Joy's exit from Sun marks the end of an era for Sun.
Marc Maselli, president of Needham, Mass.-based solution provider Back
Bay Technologies, said he is sorry to see Joy go because of what his
presence at Sun meant for the company's technology vision.
"It is a shame given his history with the company and Bill's technical
ties to the heart of what is 'Sun,'" Maselli said.
Joe Lindsay, CTO for Costa Mesa, Calif.-based solution provider eBuilt,
said Joy's departure has even stronger implications for Sun's foundation
as a company committed to open industry standards.
Lindsay, who previously worked for IBM, said when he left the Somers,
N.Y.-based vendor in 1996, IBM was the "epitome of a closed system in
favor of proprietary technology and against the idea of open standards."
But he said IBM and Sun have since switched roles. While IBM has
committed to open source technologies such as Linux, Sun clings to its
proprietary Unix-based Solaris OS and still holds the reins to Java,
which should be an open-source effort rather than overseen by Sun.
"How strange is it that IBM is the company pushing open source and open
standards while Sun is standing against things like open-sourcing Java,"
Lindsay said. "Sun has lost its leadership position, and Bill Joy has
always been associated with Sun's vision. The loss of Joy completes the
picture of a Sun being eclipsed."
Barbara Darrow contributed to this article.
This article appears courtesy of CRN, the newspaper for builders of
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