|laziness, impatience, and hubris|
Things are in fact changing at Sun. Take a look at this and this and this. Sun has been oscilating a great deal on Linux, but since the acquisition of Cobalt networks, they have been leaning more and more towards Linux. Business is Business, you know. People are realizing the value of Linux, and waking up to it. And, If I were to make a prediction, since the StarOffice license is changing to be free on only OSs that Sun makes, they probably will change it again to include Linux at some point down the road.
We may in fact see a return to the "hacker" mentality that prevailed throughout the company through much of its early years.
Just my 2 cents on the issue.
Tempora Mutantur Nos et Mutamur in Illis
"The Times are Changed Even as We are Changed in Them"