updated 09:50 am EST, Tue January 17, 2006
Sun, Apple close encounter
Scott McNealy, Bill Joy, Andy Bechtolsheim, and Vinod Khosla divulged that . The Sun Microsystems founders came together on January 11 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California to discuss technology history, stating that Sun, Apple, and Microsoft nearly agreed on a common filing protocol at one time; Apple and Sun talked about sharing a software interface, and Sun tried to get Apple to move to the SPARC architecture. Bill Joy called it a "personal disappointment" that Sun and Apple had never been able to complete a deal, citing "six very close encounters" between the companies. "As far as I know," Joy lamented, "we almost bought Apple once. We almost merged with Apple two other times."