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Sun continues to aggressively expand Solaris operating system x86

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) today announced significantly expanded hardware support for the Solaris Operating System (OS) x86 Platform Edition. Sun's goal is to ensure that the Solaris OS x86 is available on the widest range of x86 systems by adding 100 new third-party systems and 100 new components to its Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) delivering more value, choice and flexibility to customers.

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Posted 2003-08-29, 10:24 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun gives Solaris x86 a nudge with new test suite

Over the past four months, 250,000 users have registered a copy of Solaris x86. This adds to millions of downloads in the last couple of years. Sun also boasts 1,000 applications for the OS, 100 new supported third-party systems and 100 new components - all HCTS certified.

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Posted 2003-08-29, 10:21 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Q&A: Jonathan Schwartz, Sun Microsystems

For the longest time when we were delivering Solaris on Intel, people were saying to us, 'What are you doing that for? That's Microsoft's domain.' Well thank god we were doing that because the industry's really changed for us, and now we've got a full stack lined up. That allows us to go after some pretty interesting opportunities.

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Posted 2003-08-06, 14:03 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Cross-platform RPM-based packaging facility OpenPKG 1.3 released for Solaris 9/x86

The OpenPKG project released version 1.3 of their unique RPM-based cross-platform Unix software packaging facility. Well known by vigilant Unix system administrators, OpenPKG is the world leading instrument for deployment and maintenance of Open Source software when administration crosses Unix platform boundaries. OpenPKG 1.3 provides 400 selected packages which include proven versions of popular Unix software like Apache, BIND, GCC, GnuPG, MySQL, OpenSSH, Perl, Postfix, Samba and teTeX -- all carefully packaged for easy deployment on the officially supported Unix platforms FreeBSD 4.8 and 5.1, Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 and 3.0, Red Hat Linux 9, SuSE Linux 8.2, and Sun Solaris 8 and 9. Highlights in this version are a fully worked off run-command (RC) facility and the greatly increased package quality due to the rigorous application of fully automated package input checking against programmatically written down style, syntax and semantics constraints.

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Posted 2003-08-04, 17:54 GMT by Ralf S. Engelschall

Interview with Leslie Stretch

The Sparc and Solaris commitment is contrary to the industry and will remain so. We believe there is profit and difference in it. Our Sparc story is about throughput - it's torque rather than revs - it's not clock speed in the real world that matters, it's torque.

But we do have to do some clever things, like our x86-based systems, we're pushing that forward aggressively. We don't have enough people to talk to all the customers that want to hear about Solaris x86 as a low cost computing strategy. That's really encouraging

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Posted 2003-07-14, 18:27 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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