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It's back: Sun posts download of Solaris 9 x86

ENDING NEARLY A year of debate with its users, Sun Microsystems on Monday made available on its Web site an early-access version of its Solaris 9 operating system that runs on Intel-compatible processors.

"We've had some issues in the past about our commitment to this product," said John Loiacono, vice president of operating platforms at Sun. "Well, now we are jumping in with two feet on this thing. We are going hog wild. You are going to see over the next two to three months additional enhancements to Solaris as a whole, which will have Solaris x86 as a key component."

More: InfoWorld

Posted 2002-11-26, 22:14 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

The Sun Rises Over Intel Once More

I hate it when I'm dead wrong. Back in September, I wrote that Solaris on Intel was as dead as a Norwegian Blue Parrot. Then, early this month, Sun let it slip-they never officially announced it-that Solaris 9 on Intel is back.

Why? Well, according to Graham Lovell, Sun's Director of OS Marketing, Solaris on Intel was never completely dead. Beta code had actually been produced and was being kept in "cold storage." But because "we didn't see a market for it" Sun stopped developments and plans for Solaris 9 on Intel.

More: Practical Technology

Posted 2002-10-24, 01:34 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun discusses Solaris 9 for x86

After a long delay, Sun has announced plans to release a version of Solaris 9 for x86 processors. SearchSolaris.com spoke with Chris Baker, Sun's Product Manager for Solaris x86, about his company's decision to charge for the formerly free operating system and the level of support users can expect once they buy.

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Posted 2002-10-11, 06:30 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun changes course, will offer Solaris for Intel-based PCs

Bowing to user demands, Sun Microsystems said Friday that it would make its Solaris 9 operating system available for computers that use Intel-compatible processors. But unlike previous versions, users will have to pay for the new software.

On Friday, Sun Chief Marketing Officer John Loiacono said the company would now make Solaris 9 for Intel-based computers available to customers for $99 for a single-processor system. The software will be available in January, and in the meantime customers will be able to download an early version of the code for $20. Service contracts for support and maintenance will cost extra.

More: Mercury News

Posted 2002-10-06, 16:57 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

In Reversal, Sun to Ship $99 Solaris 9 x86

Sun Microsystems Inc. on Friday will announce plans to release an unbundled version of the Solaris 9 operating environment for non-Sun x86 hardware for $99 for a single CPU system.

The announcement brings to an end months of uncertainty about Sun's intentions in this regard. In early January the Palo Alto, Calif., company announced that it had decided to defer the productization of the Solaris 9 Intel version; a week later it announced plans to meet a group of customers and developers to try to work out a compromise; and in August it announced that it would only support Solaris 9 on Sun x86 hardware.

More: eWeek

Posted 2002-10-04, 14:25 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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