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Sun, Apple Ignite New Desktop Skirmish...

...with Microsoft Corp. While it's doubtful that either company will be able to unseat Windows' monopoly status in the PC market, you've got to admire their pluck. Sun Microsystems Inc.'s attack on Microsoft's desktop fortress is called Project Mad Hatter [QuickLink 36292] and uses Linux combined with StarOffice and other open-source goodies. Although most of the attention has been given to Sun's embrace of Linux and open source, the real story is about hardware.

According to Loaicano, Sun will stop its "Lucy-and-the-football approach with Solaris on x86".

More: ComputerWorld

Posted 2003-04-09, 03:01 GMT by Bruce Riddle

Leading Software Companies Line Up Behind Sun Solaris-Based x86 Network Computing Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO, April 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW - News) today announced another milestone in its x86 computing strategy with support from leading independent software companies for the Sun Solaris(TM) 9 OS, x86 Platform Edition. Brooks Automation, Check Point, MatrixOne, RSA Security, and SunGard joined the growing list of Sun iForce(SM) partners such as Sybase supporting Solaris-based x86 platforms.

p Sun is teaming with its iForce partners to deliver the industry's #1 UNIXˇ OS on x86 platforms and further increase the affordability, availability, security and manageability for network computing. Solaris is the world's most scalable, secure and available OS, with documented lower cost of operation.

More: Yahoo Finance

Posted 2003-04-09, 02:38 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun Looking to AMD for 64-Bit

Sun Microsystems Inc. has no plans to support Linux or Solaris on Intel Corp. Itanium systems, but the company is evaluating AMD's upcoming Opteron processors, Sun officials said on Monday.

p "We are not seeing or hearing anything from our customers and ISVs that indicates they want or need Itanium. But we are seeing interest for the upcoming Opteron processor family, essentially because it has 32-node compatibility, which Itanium doesn't," said John Loiacono, vice president of Sun's operating platforms group

More: eWeek

Posted 2003-04-02, 00:30 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun to Deliver Software to Schools

In what one executive called giving back to its roots, Sun Microsystems Inc. Monday announced a program to donate $1 billion worth of software to educational and research institutions.

p The Santa Clara, Calif., company announced its Sun Education Software, or EduSoft, Portfolio at the Worldwide Education and Research Conference in San Francisco Monday.

p The portfolio includes a range of offerings from Sun, including the Solaris 9 operating system, the Sun ONE Starter kit, Sun ONE Studio application development tools, Sun ONE Web Services Development products, the GNOME open-source Linux desktop, StarOffice software and Sun Ray appliances, the company said. Sun will provide a media kit next month for "a nominal fee" that will include quarterly updates of the software.

p Yet the highlight of the offering is Sun's StarOffice productivity suite, which the company said it has delivered to more than 100 school districts, higher education facilities and ministries of education around the world to the tune of $6 billion worth of software.

More: eWeek

Posted 2003-02-25, 00:20 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun, Again, Bets Against the Odds

SCOTT G. McNEALY, the chief executive of Sun Microsystems, was pacing the stage in San Francisco two weeks ago, working hard to stir up enthusiasm in the crowd for his company's new products. The litany of offerings was long and impressive ? data serving computers of all kinds, graphics workstations, storage networks, software. The implicit message was clear: Sun, though battered by the high-technology slump, is still churning out new products and new ideas.

p Dressed in blue jeans and a khaki shirt, Mr. McNealy, ever blunt and informal, was helpfully translating the benefits of Sun's wares in plain terms. He gestured toward one of Sun's zippy small server computers. "Think of these as piston rings," said Mr. McNealy, who grew up in suburban Detroit, the son of an auto executive.

p Increasingly, Sun's customers, mostly corporations, do indeed think of computers as if they were piston rings. And that is precisely Sun's problem.

More: The New York TImes

Posted 2003-02-25, 00:15 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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