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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.

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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

BEA and Sun Commit to Deliver BEA WebLogic Platform on Solaris OS x86 Platform Edition

Availability of BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1 on Sun's low cost, high performance Solaris OS x86 platform edition is expected by mid-2004, and includes support for BEA WebLogic Server(TM), BEA WebLogic Portal(TM), BEA WebLogic Integration(TM) and BEA WebLogic Workshop(TM). Furthermore, Sun and BEA are currently working on joint marketing and sales programs to address the growing interest and adoption of the Solaris OS on x86 platform among BEA's customers and partner community.

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Posted 2003-11-20, 19:19 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

AMD's Opteron to Power Sun Fire Servers

The alliance between the two companies will fuel Sun's aggressive push into the low-end x86 server market while giving AMD the much-needed support of a major OEM. IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., gave its support of Opteron when the chip was released in April and has since rolled out the eServer 325, an Opteron-based system aimed at the high performance computing space.

Currently, customers can run Solaris on Opteron in 32-bit mode, and will make 64-bit Solaris for Opteron available in the second half of 2004. The two companies also will create an iForce Partner Program for software vendors and developers who are writing or porting applications to Solaris. The program will include a developer resource kit, which is available at both www.sun.com/amd and www.amd.com/sun.

Sun said it will use AMD's Opteron processors in a line of low-cost Sun Fire servers that it will begin shipping in early 2004. The Santa Clara, Calif., maker of network servers also said that it has developed versions of Linux, Java and its Solaris operating system to run on Opteron-powered servers.

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Posted 2003-11-19, 00:02 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun and AMD toast their Opteron marriage

Over the next year, Sun will roll out two and four processor Opteron servers. The systems will be available with Linux and Sun's own Solaris x86 operating system in both 32bit and 64bit flavors. Sun also intends to work with AMD on larger SMP designs in the future.

Developers will have access to the Sun servers by the end of this year. A generally available 64bit version of Solaris x86 will be ready by the middle of next year.

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Posted 2003-11-19, 00:00 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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