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.
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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.
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Posted 2003-10-19, 02:55 GMT by BFG
Enterprise Unix Roundup: Solaris x86 Resurgent, Sun's Side of the Story
So after two straight weeks of puzzling over Sun's incomprehensible dithering about its love/hate relationship with Linux and reporting on HP's attempt at a flanking maneuver, we shouldn't have been surprised to hear from someone at Sun. That someone ended up being John Loiacono, Sun's VP of Operating Platforms.
Our first question was polite enough: What's with the disconnect between Scott McNealy's penguin costume antics and Mr. Schwartz's cold-eyed dismissal of Linux on the server?
Posted 2003-10-19, 02:49 GMT by BFG
Sun builds software to slice up servers
?This potentially looks like a reason to go for Solaris on x86 for large-scale infrastructures ?
Posted 2003-10-16, 05:31 GMT by (mk)
Sun's Solaris x86 customers see the light of day
After a couple of months of being nudged, prodded and begged, Sun Microsystems has forked over some Solaris x86 customer wins to prove the OS has plenty of backing.
The customer list is impressive. You won't find any massive enterprises picking up Solaris x86 for equally massive rollouts on the list, but you will find a diverse set of smaller customers, ranging from gaming companies to financial services. Sun is holding up five new customers as proof that their renewed backing of the OS is paying off.
"We have over 300,000 registered licenses for Solaris 9 x86," said Ann Wettersten, vice president of software marketing at Sun. "We are tripling our investment in the OS, and customers are seeing it as a viable alternative."
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Posted 2003-10-15, 12:31 GMT by Mariusz Zynel