Solaris, Java, and JavaSoft software were always treated as second-class citizens, even though the tech was awesome.
Think of zfs, dtrace, zones, the jvm, jini, openoffice, mysql, and much more. Great tech, yet sometimes the UI/UX/DX was subpar, enhancements were slow, and critical bug fixes took too long with too little transparency. The writing was on the wall in 2000, when many engineers left and the stock dove.
Sun was a great place to work with enormous creativity and super-smart tech folks. Sun promoted "the network is the computer" and if Sun had chosen to truly aim for this -- for the value of network information access, rather than the sale of big iron -- then I truly believe Sun would be the #1 Internet company today.
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Not sure how you come to that conclusion. Isn't that true IBM is in the same boat? Somehow it manages to do just fine. Apple is also a mainly hardware company with awesome software.
At the end of the day, it comes to management and leadership. Software or hardware is less irrelevant.
It's not. IBM quite deliberately transitioned to making money off things that aren't hardware - services, software, etc.
I didn't get the feeling that was the Sun business model, but I didn't follow it super closely.
Have you ever used iTunes or Safari?
You would think Oracle would have been able to deal with that but they only seem to know how to agitate people.