“For outright alacrity, [the recent Sun, Microsoft truce] takes the cake. Presumably, Sun CEO Scott McNealy will have comments about ‘Ballmer and Butthead’ expunged from the Sun archives, and Microsoft will destroy all copies of its infamous TV-commercial parody showing Chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer holding their noses while tossing a Sun server out of the back of a VW bug to the tune of ‘Da-da-da,'” Paul Andrews writes for The Seattle Times.
“The immediate assumption behind the settlement is that it will help disperse the legal cloud hanging over Microsoft. Sun was the primary complainant behind the European Commission’s recent ruling that Microsoft show enough Windows code to give competitors a level playing field in the network-server market. Now, Sun’s $1 billion lawsuit over Java licensing goes away,” Andrews writes. “To a certain degree, the settlement also may help untarnish Microsoft’s reputation as a bully. If Ballmer and McNealy can smoke the peace pipe, it may send a message that Microsoft is open to all comers.”
Andrews writes, “Included in that category would be another enemy of an enemy, RealNetworks. Founder Rob Glaser knows an opportunity when he sees one, and his company’s recent lawsuit against Microsoft has that familiar ring of $1 billion. A Microsoft-RealNetworks settlement/alliance would give both companies momentum in their quest against Apple Computer’s iPod-iTunes success. If Microsoft partners with RealNetworks