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Andreas Bechtolsheim, William Joy, Vinad Khosia, and Scott McNealy founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 with the intention of selling low-cost, high- performance desktop computers running the UNIX operating system. These computer workstations found instant acceptance among scientists, engineers, and software developers who benefited from having dedicated machines, rather than sharing costly minicomputers or mainframe computer systems. Sun Microsystems did not have revenue from other sources to fund the research and development of its computer workstations. To develop a hardware-manufacturing infrastructure and to attract top-flight hardware and software engineers, Sun Microsystems needed hundreds of millions of dollars in start up costs as well as large purchase agreements. In 1983, Sun Microsystems signed a multimillion-dollar original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with Computervision Corporation. Shortly after, Sun Microsystems signed large OEMs with Eastman Kodak Corporation, AT&T Corporation, and Xerox Corporation. The OEMs for which Sun Microsystems built computers that sold the workstations under their own labels brought the company strong revenue and profit growth. Sun Microsystems passed $1 billion in annual sales in 1988, just six years after start-up. Only Compaq Computer Corporation had reached the billion-dollar mark faster. In an effort to overcome some of the problems associated with networking different manufacturers’ machines while running different operating systems, Sun Microsystems introduced the Java programming language in 1995. Java was designed to be a universal computer language that would not have to be rewritten for each computer operating system. Java was and remains to be a driving force in the success of Sun Microsystems. For years, Sun Microsystems enjoyed great success with relatively no competition in the computer server…...

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