One month after a major executive shake up at Sun, the dust appears to be settling. And leading the way out of the dust-up is former CTO of software John Fowler who has come out with the crown to the company's newly created Network Solutions group.

So relieved is Sun to be getting somewhere that it has gone to town, putting out a press release on Mr Fowler's appointment, despite the fact that he was already acting head, and even posting a fascinating Q&A with the man that features such gems as:

Q. What matters to you?
A. One of the things that computing industry has demonstrated repeatedly over the past 25 years is that open, standards-based systems design principles built into great products always wins....

Fowler was named interim head of the Network Systems Group in April. At the time, Sun said it was conducting an executive search for a permanent head of the division, which produces Sun systems based on the Intel and AMD x86 processors. Sun has now decided to make Fowler's role permanent, the company revealed.

The exec previously responsible for Sun's Intel and AMD systems, VP Neil Knox, left the company as part of the April shake-up, as did Sun's former marketing head Mark Tolliver.

Sun also removed Knox's peer, Clark Masters, from his role as executive in charge of Sun's Enterprise Systems Group and created a new organisation, then called the Throughput Systems group, that was to be responsible for Sun's UltraSparc systems and processors. The group, which is headed by VP David Yen, has since been renamed the Scalable Systems Group.

Both Yen and Fowler report to Jonathan Schwartz, who was made the company's president and chief operating officer a few weeks before the April shake-up. Fowler has been at Sun for 13 years. Lucky for some.