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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."

More: eWeek

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

Sun declines user's challenge to debate Solaris x86

SUN MICROSYSTEMS HAS responded to an angry user's public challenge to debate the future of a version of the Solaris operating system for Intel processors, saying the company is working on the issue in private and chastising the user for attacking Sun chief Scott McNealy.

John Loiacono, an executive vice president at Sun, defended the company in an e-mail message Wednesday to the disgruntled user. The user, John Groenveld, associate research engineer at Penn State University, posted an open letter entitled "Shame on you, Scott," in the Tuesday edition of the San Jose Mercury.

More: InfoWorld

Posted 2002-09-06, 18:50 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun draws heat over Solaris roadblock

In an open letter to Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy, a group of users has called for the company to make Solaris 9 available on the lion's share of computers based on the Intel architecture.

The letter, published as an ad in the San Jose Mercury News and titled "Shame on you, Scott", is the latest move in an eight-month war of words between Sun and a vocal contingent of its users. The spat kicked off in January when the software maker said it would put its next operating system, Solaris 9, on indefinite hold for the x86 architecture.

More: News.com

Posted 2002-09-04, 17:28 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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