Enderle: maybe it’s time for Apple and Sun to merge

“A couple of things happened last month that got me thinking about Apple and Sun and their failed merger attempt years ago… One very interesting product [is Sun’s] ‘Project Looking Glass,’ an operating system whose user interface looks like the version of the Mac OS that will come after Tiger. The new Sun operating system has a Mac-like task bar that has been pumped up with more realistic icons than Apple currently offers. It also makes better use of limited desktop real estate,” Rob Enderle writes for TechNewsWorld.

MacDailyNews Take: Rob just loves the Apple/Sun merger idea. “‘Project Looking Glass’ has more realistic icons than Apple currently offers?” Yeah, right. Has Rob ever seen a Mac OS X desktop? We have seen both. Compare for yourself: Sun’s “Mac-like task bar with more realistic icons than Apple currently offers” vs. Apple’s Mac OS X Dock with photo-realistic icons.” Considering that Apple’s Dock can be set to be hidden when not in use, open windows can be minimized to the Dock, and Apple’s Mac OS X features Expos


  1. I was in favor years ago of Sun and Apple merging – that was before OS X. But now – it would be silly. What would Apple get that it doesn’t already have? It has a robust desktop and server architecture. It has java support. It has more applications and most Unix apps can run or be easily ported. The only benefit, solaris is tru 64bit (I think) – but that’s coming down the line – and is only needed by large servers – which are being replaced by clusters using InfiniBand…and Xgrid!

  2. Maybe not merge, but Sun and Apple could cooperate.

    Maybe Sun could license MacOS X for Sun workstations & servers. Maybe Apple could license some of that Looking Glass technology for future MacOS X….

  3. Sun has been bleeding money for years. Their infrastrure solutions are old old old. Apple’s X-Serve will upscale nicely to take over Sun’s old clients…

    So… why would Apple even consider merging with Sun?

    For the name and existing client base… but, is it worth it?

    Sun will be dead meat within 7 years. The longer Apple waits, the cheaper the purchase will be.

    Meanwhile… X-Serve takes over.

  4. OK, are you ready for this? It’s not original. I’ve heard it before. If Sun and Apple were to merge (an idea floated a few times over a dozen years ago) what would the company be called?


    If that happened we’d never hear the end of it. I’d have to buy an HP or a Sony, I guess. Not a Dell, of course.

    I don’t see much of a future with Sun except at the high end and that’s where the squeeze is these days.

    Xserve is cheap. And powerful. Sun is expensive, and no longer powerful (relatively).

  5. Mr. Enderle’s greatest character flaw is most obvious when he starts “thinking.” Maybe he should stop doing that. I’m sure it’s more painful than productive. The result certainly isn’t pretty.

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