Sun forging ahead after criticism
"The undercarriage of this whole [effort] is where we go with Solaris," Schwartz said. A key effort is the planned release of Solaris for the 64-bit AMD Opteron platform, slated to go into a preliminary release in early 2004. Sun on Thursday announced it has more than 300,000 registered licensees for the Solaris 9 operating system on the Intel x86 platform.
Posted 2003-11-16, 00:08 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
Sun's Dynamic Tracing Tool For Next Solaris Upgrade Released This Week
Sun is giving an early liftoff to an advanced detection technology designed for the next version of Solaris that speedily diagnoses and repairs system problems.
The diagnostic tool, called dynamic tracing, or D-Trace, is characterized as a "flight recorder" for both Unix and x86-based versions of Solaris, and will be officially announced and distributed to customers and partners on Tuesday, said John Loiciano, vice president of the operating systems group at Sun, Santa Clara, Calif.
The technology is just one of roughly 300 new features planned for Solaris Next, an upgrade that includes support for Advanced Micro Devices' 64-bit processor, and due in mid-2004.
Posted 2003-11-15, 01:08 GMT by BFG
Sun plans server with AMD's Opteron
Sun Microsystems Chief Executive Scott McNealy is expected to announce his company's intention to sell servers using Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processor--a significant endorsement for the chip.
McNealy will make the announcement Nov. 17 at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, sources familiar with the plan said. The move would make Sun the second, after IBM, of the top four server makers to back the AMD processor.
The move isn't entirely unexpected. John Loiacono, head of Sun's operating systems products, said in April that Sun was likely to sell Opteron servers. And Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's top software executive, said in October that Sun will release a version of its Solaris operating system specifically for Opteron in 2004.
Posted 2003-11-10, 11:18 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
Sun Versus Linux: The x86 Smack-down
Sun's new story is that Solaris x86 is a better, safer, and more stable alternative to Linux. Sun has even gone so far as to offer a a couple of top-of-the-line Intel-based x86 systems in single and dual processor configurations. The systems currently include at no extra cost licensed Solaris 9 x86 pre-installed (no-cost up until January 4, 2004), with an option to purchase Red Hat Enterprise Linux for an additional cost.
With this new push for Solaris x86 I decided to take a fresh look with Sun's latest, Solaris 9 x86 Platform Edition and pit it against Red Hat Linux 9 in a number of categories, including features, security, and performance.
More: OS News
Posted 2003-10-21, 21:57 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
Sun gives glimpse of revised Solaris TCP/IP stack
Sun Microsystems' new Software Express program is alive and kicking with the company delivering a rewritten TCP/IP stack for Solaris that is meant to prepare customers for faster networking technology.
More: The Register
Posted 2003-10-19, 02:55 GMT by BFG