Sun to sell Windows Server boxes

I feel it is a day of mourning with this news from ArsTechnica:

Back in the excitingly heady days of the dot-com bubble, the rivalry between Sun and Microsoft was one of the highlights. Sun’s famous motto “The Network is the Computer” threatened to make Microsoft’s desktop monopoly obsolete, and visions of a world of thin clients running Java backed up by expensive Sun servers were dancing in then-CEO Scott McNealy’s head. Much has changed since then, of course. McNealy resigned, lawsuits were settled, and these days Sun and Microsoft are fast friends. Now, in a rather stunning bit of news, Microsoft and Sun announced at a press conference that Sun has signed up to become a Windows Server Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), selling Sun x64-based servers that come bundled with Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Sun has released a chart showing which hardware will be ready for the Windows operating system, and the company is expected to ship the first bundled systems within 90 days.

Read the entire piece at ArsTechnica