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Sun gets behind Athlon 64 with Linux OS

Our sources indicate that Sun is busy testing the 64-bitness of Solaris x86 on an Opteron-based workstation. It's not hard to imagine a scenario where Sun comes out and declares that it has the only first-class version of Unix around for Opteron. Windows and Linux are nice on two processor machines, but wouldn't Solaris be a treat on a four processor system?

It's with Opteron that Solaris x86 could truly shine, and gain some serious market share. For example, we hear that Boxx Technologies' phone has been ringing off the hook, since word came out that Sun has certified Solaris x86 to work on a two-processor Boxx box*. Boxx is trying to hammer out a deal with Sun to formalize a support agreement, so we hear.

More: The Register

Posted 2003-09-25, 22:18 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Solaris 10 x86 free downloads reinstated

SUN ANNOUNCED that early-access versions of Solaris 10 x86 are now available for free download, once again.

Now everyone can download early access versions of Solaris 10 x86, as part of what Sun now calls the "Software Express" program. Marketing folks call this "an entirely new concept" *cough* "...that offers high quality snapshots of Sun's future software products currently under development for our customers to download and use". They also add that "Express software is fully functional with completely predicatable and regular release schedules (monthly in most cases)".

More: The Inquirer

Posted 2003-09-19, 05:56 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun ashamed of Solaris x86 past

Sun Microsystems is struggling to correct a big mistake - its lack of support for Solaris x86.

"One of the biggest mistakes we made a few years back was not supporting Solaris x86," Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president at Sun, said in an interview. "Scott (McNealy) will tell you the same thing."

More: The Register

Posted 2003-09-17, 23:30 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun confirms it's interested in AMD's Opteron

THE CEO of Sun has told an American newspaper that his firm is seriously interested in the AMD Opteron for machines it will sell.

That confirms a report we wrote earlier this month, suggesting that Sun could be the first big tin vendor to market with an Opteron system. See Sun shines again on Opteron front.

Scott McNealy told Infoworld he thought AMD's microprocessor had a better chance than the Itanic.

More: The Inquirer

Posted 2003-09-12, 00:06 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun Extends Solaris x86

Sun Microsystems Inc. on Thursday said it had added 100 new third-party systems and 100 new components to its Hardware Compatibility List for the Solaris x86 operating system Platform Edition.

"Our goal is to ensure that the Solaris x86 OS is available on the widest range of x86 systems," said Ann Wettersten, a vice president in Sun's software systems group.

Interest in the Solaris x86 operating system has grown significantly, she said, adding that in the past four months there have been more than 250,000 additional registered licenses of Solaris 9 x86 from such industries as finance, government, retail and telecom.

More: eWeek

Posted 2003-09-11, 23:56 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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