BusinessWeek 2.0 recently awarded Jonathan Schwartz one of the "Ten People Who Don't Matter". Schwartz wrote a response in his blog, expressing his gratitude for being honored together with Steve Balmer and Linus Torvalds. The blog's  title is "60 days into the Job",  referring to the fact that he has been in the CEO job for only two months.

I'd  agree that it is too hasty to judge him.

Yes, Sun has been lost for the last few years. They don't seem to acknowledge that the Sparc/Solaris combo are falling into niche markets (not mainstream). On the other side, they are not making enough progress on software and service. Sun has quite a few strategic assets that they can leverage to get out of this quagmire - they just haven't realized it yet.

Client side Java is one of such strategic hidden assets for Sun. Leveraging client side Java, Sun can create some really powerful product and service offerings in a way that leapfrogs all other players in the industry. Client side Java has been and is still a more robust option for enterprise business applications than .NET and Flash. JVM is still avaiable on over 94% desktops (The JVM versioning/compatibility issue can be dealt with effectively like how jRex/thinlet handle it). There are 5 million Java developers. There is a huge demand and returned excitement for "rich client". There are 250,000 fat client applications out there running on VB/PowerBuilder. Ajax is exciting but still way inmature, and won't be able to reach the necessary performance/reliability/maturiy over the next few years.

So there is a credible opportunity for Sun to take lead in client side Java, help push it to the next stage, reclaim the industry leadership as a trend setter and make some good money in doing so(no, It is not swing. Something like jRex (XAML for Java), Rhino, and WPF for Java are more like it).

However, Jonathan Schwartz has been on the job for only 60 days  - the guy deserves some more time before we put him side by side to Steve Balmer. Maybe he will see the strategic opportunity of leveraging client side Java with server side Java to transform Sun into a software/service powerhouse.

Separately, Sun also joined OpenAjax Alliance. Greg Murray is the recently appointed Ajax architect. I have not met Greg personally - only interacted with him on phone a few times. Here is his blog http://weblogs.java.net/blog/gmurray71/.

Also interesting (because Nexaweb defines itself as the "enterprise web 2.0 solutions company"),  Sun's recent press release is all about web 2.0: Sun Microsystems Customers Shape Web 2.0 (http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060629/sfth033.html?.v=63)