= S =
Sun Microsystems. Hackers remember that the name
was originally an acronym, Stanford University Network. Sun
started out around 1980 with some hardware hackers (mainly) from
Stanford talking to some software hackers (mainly) from UC
Berkeley; Sun's original technology concept married a clever board
design based on the Motorola 68000 to BSD Unix. Sun went on
to lead the workstation industry through the 1980s, and for years
afterwards remained an engineering-driven company and a good place
for hackers to work. Though Sun drifted away from its techie
origins after 1990 and has since made some strategic moves that
disappointed and annoyed many hackers (especially by maintaining
proprietary control of Java and rejecting Linux), it's still
considered within the family in much the same way DEC was
in the 1970s and early 1980s.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.