Sun Microsystems Tuesday announced that Co-Founder and Chief Scientist Bill Joy, is leaving the company. Joy has been with Sun since 1982, most recently serving as the company's chief scientist. Greg Papadopoulos, chief technology officer and executive vice president, will assume Joy's responsibilities.
In a press release, Scott McNealy, chairman, president and chief executive officer at Sun said "Bill will continue to be an inspiration to all innovators [. . .] Bill's many contributions, including those to Java technology, SPARC, and Solaris Operating System, have helped define Sun as one of the most innovative and inspired places on the planet. We thank Bill for the strong legacy of innovation that he leaves in the hearts and souls of every Sun employee. He leaves behind an incredibly strong team of innovators."
In the same release, Joy said "I am very proud of my accomplishments and the strong team we have built over the last two decades. I wish all those who continue at Sun great success in carrying on those things I have helped start, as well as all their other and future endeavors [. . .] For 21 years, I've enjoyed the opportunities for innovation provided to me at Sun, but I have decided the time is now right for me to move on to different challenges."
In addition to his contributions to Sun, Joy is widely known to the Unix community as the driving force behind Berkeley Unix, which went on to form the foundation of the BSD family of free Unix operating systems; and as the author of vi, the popular programmer's editor. He has not announced what his "new challenges" are at this time.