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Jonathan's Last Day at Sun

February 03, 2010

With Oracle's ongoing acquisition of Sun Microsystems, I suppose there's no room for Jonathan Schwartz. He Twittered that today is his last day at Sun, and included the following Haiku (all within 140 characters):

Financial crisis/Stalled too many customers/CEO no more  

I suppose that no matter how you feel about him, he has had a lasting affect on the market and the technology sector. For instance, he was one of the first large-company CEOs to maintain a (real) blog. Also, he fought for and received permission to publish SEC filings via the Internet to the public at the same time as to analysts (hence leveling the playing field). He worked to open-source many of Sun's crown jewels, such as OpenSolaris, OpenJDK, and the PhoneME projects just to name a few.

Regardless of your opinion on Schwartz' performance as a CEO, one fact remains: Java lives on, as illustrated in this picture from James Gosling's recent blog:


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