Sun's Big Open-Source Bet

Jonathan Schwartz could upend the company's business model to one that's dependent on software. But he has some big changes to make first

An astonishing thing has happened at Sun Microsystems. A company built on high margins from hardware sales is now turning upside down and going soft. The face of this transformation is the freshly minted CEO and former McKinsey consultant Jonathan Schwartz. Originally a numbers guy turned software evangelist, Schwartz is almost certainly committing Sun (SUNW) to a future with a business model centered on software -- open source software.

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