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Sun shares spike on Opteron optimism

Sun rose more than 10 percent to $5.51, nearing its 52-week high of $5.64. A note from Banc of America raising Sun to a buy from neutral appeared to be one driver of the uptick.

"Our upgrade is based on longer-term fundamentals, including our belief that Sun's partnership with AMD holds promise and a more bullish outlook on enterprise spending," the analyst firm said in the report.

El Reg broke the news of Sun's love affair with Opteron last year. Sun plans to roll out an entire fleet of Opteron-based systems from workstations to four processor boxes and eventually beyond.

More: The Register

Posted 2004-01-09, 11:21 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sybase runs on Solaris x86

The Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) is now available for the Solaris Operating System (x86 Platform Edition). Also new is that the Sybase ASE 12.5.1, Developer Edition, will be co-packaged with both the SolarisTM OS (SPARCR Platform Edition) and the Solaris OS (x86 Platform Edition).

"This alliance reflects our long-standing relationship in providing customers with secure, fast and innovative solutions, especially in the financial services market where Sybase is an undisputed leader," said Stuart Wells, vice president, Market Development, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "With Sybase ASE on Solaris x86, our mutual customers will be able to take advantage of their applications across platforms while receiving the same level of reliability and performance at a superior price point."

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Posted 2003-12-20, 18:53 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun Turns to AMD in Effort to Recover from x86 Mistake

During a briefing Monday, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based network computer maker said it would waive the $20 evaluation fee it has been charging on the server operating environment. The move comes after a string of maneuvers Sun has made after abandoning support for Solaris on x86-based machines.

"The server market place is a three-horse race between Windows, Linux and Solaris," Sun vice president of operating platforms John Loiacono said. "Our advantage is that we have more market opportunities and choices given the fact that we are the only vendor to offer Solaris and Linux on x86 systems."

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Posted 2003-12-17, 19:02 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun giving away Solaris for test drives

Sun previously charged $20 for evaluation copies of Solaris x86, the version for servers running chips from Intel or Advanced Micro Devices. Starting Dec. 9, Sun eliminated the download price.

Sun has begun to actively market Sun servers running Opteron and Solaris x86. A growing installed base of x86 servers will then be used by Sun to market other software products, such as provisioning and management tools.

More: News.com

Posted 2003-12-16, 13:31 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun sets Solaris x86 free

Almost two years after it went on hiatus, Sun Microsystems' Solaris x86 has come back in full form with free downloads of the operating system becoming available once again, The Register has discovered.

Some users call Sun's decision to give Solaris x86 away again a small step, but without doubt the move does bring some degree of closure to part of a messy affair. Starting this week, Sun has removed the $20 price-tag for the OS - versions 8 and 9, replacing it with a red FREE sign instead. A fair number of Sun users have kept a close eye on this saga and will remember that it was way back in Jan. of 2002 when Sun first said it would halt development on Solaris x86 only to buckle and bring the OS back at cost.

Big Solaris x86 fan Bruce Riddle wrote, "This is really great news and shows that Sun is committed to Solaris x86," on a message board dedicated to the subject.

More: The Register

Posted 2003-12-12, 14:23 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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