The latest in a series of announcements
This is the latest in a series of announcements to update you on Solaris (x86 Platform Edition).
To date we have delivered the LX50 server with Solaris 8, and have committed to ship and support Solaris 9 on this system.
Sun has also been working with members of the user community to define a sustainable business model for Solaris x86. The aim is to address the needs of the user community on the one hand, and to satisfy Sun's business requirements on the other. With the assistance of the community representatives, we are in the final stages of defining such a program.
We had hoped by today to be in a position to talk about future plans, and to honor the commitment we made at the Sun Network show. However we still need more time to work on the details. There will be a followup announcement in the near future - I think you'll all be pleased by the outcome.
My warmest regards to all
Chris Baker - Snr. Product Manager, Solaris x86
Posted Sept 30, 2002 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted 2002-10-01, 23:07 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
Cyber cynic: Solaris on Intel -- forget about it already
Way, way back in 1993 when I ran a Unix feature for PC Magazine, I helped review the first version of Solaris for Intel. I noticed at the time that Solaris on Intel wasn't the equal of Solaris on SPARC.
Some things never changed. Solaris on Intel was never the equal of Solaris on SPARC. Why? Well, after hanging out with the Solaris guys who were a bit tipsy at trade shows, they told me that Sun has never, ever wanted Solaris on Intel to be a real competitor to Solaris on SPARC.
Posted 2002-09-20, 01:04 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
Solaris-on-Intel Users Say Uncertainty is Stalling Development
Earlier this month, the head of the Solaris on Intel group finally lost patience with the slow progress on getting Sun to embrace a comprehensive plan for Solaris 9 on x86 architectures. The result has been a more-public-than-usual sign of stress between Solaris users and Sun over the fate of Solaris 9 options for a wide number of Intel platforms.
To focus more attention on the lack of a clear Solaris 9 on x86 roadmap, John Groenveld, head of Save-Solaris-on-x86.org, took out a full page ad in the San Jose Mercury News, in which he published an Open Letter to Sun CEO Scott McNealy, entitled "Shame on you, Scott. In it, Groenveld urged McNealy to make Solaris on x86 a commercial product "as quickly as possible."
More: Open Enterprise Trends
Posted 2002-09-14, 21:18 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
Disgruntled Solaris x86 Users Turn Up Heat on Sun
"Sun has now obsoleted [my] x86 hardware investment," Al Hopper, president of Logical Approach Inc., of Plano, Texas, told eWeek last week. Hopper's company bought several dual-processor x86 systems from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. last year. "We can't afford to scrap our hardware infrastructure just because Sun decides [Solaris on x86] wasn't a viable product or that they could make more money elsewhere."
Posted 2002-09-11, 23:38 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
Solaris users slam Sun Intel plans (again)
Sun Microsystems Inc is still facing protests from unhappy Solaris x86 users despite announcing the resurrection of the Unix operating system for Intel Corp-compatible processors at last month's LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, Matthew Aslett writes.
More: The Register
Posted 2002-09-06, 18:55 GMT by Mariusz Zynel