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Sun's McNealy Bids Adieu

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. TheStreet) -- The sun has set for Scott McNealy, Sun's (JAVA) outspoken co-founder and chairman, who, on the eve of Oracle's (ORCL - Get Report) $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun, bid an emotional farewell to his company.

Yesterday McNealy sent an internal memo to Sun employees, which was published by CNET, outlining his feelings for the company he co-founded in 1982. The hockey-playing 54-year old has seldom missed an opportunity to trash-talk Sun's rivals, particularly during his 22-year tenure as CEO from 1984 and 2006.

True to form, McNealy's farewell letter mixes heartfelt feelings with his characteristic bullishness. Under the subject line "Thanks for a great 28 years," McNealy makes an impassioned departure from executive speak.

In addition to urging Sun's employees to "kick butt and have fun," McNealy describes the Santa Clara, Calif.-based firm as the "crown jewel of the technology industry."

"Nothing I could write comes close to matching the unbelievably strong and positive emotions I have for you all," he writes. "I truly loved starting, running and living Sun."

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