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Sun Feels Heat Over x86

Disgruntled Solaris users are pushing Sun Microsystems Inc. to decide on the fate of the operating environment on Intel Corp. processors.

Sun officials in Palo Alto, Calif., have been going back and forth with the Solaris Intel user base since January, when the company said Version 9 for the x86 architecture was being "deferred" in favor of projects that were more profitable.

More: eWeek

Posted 2002-06-11, 18:40 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun to reprieve Solaris 9 for Intel?

Solaris 9 for Intel could be poised to ship after all, Register spies at Sun suggest. The official line is currently that Sun is shipping Solaris 9 for Sparc, but that "Sun is deferring the productization and release of the Solaris 9 OE for Intel IA-32." In English this means that Sun has (probably) more or less finished it but is hesitating as to whether or not to ship it, while in ITspeak this sort of phrasing generally means that the product is headed for a lingering death in the netherworld.

More: The Register

Posted 2002-05-31, 13:43 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Anil Gadre's statement

Hello everyone.

I wanted to respond to the mail that has been floating around about Solaris for Intel.

First, I apologize for the delay in responding to all of you. Secondly, I realize that you arent going to be happy with my response since it does not give you what you want today. I undertstand that you would love to see us announce Solaris 9 for Intel along with our overall Solaris 9 announcement. That is not planned for our announcement this week.

We have, and still are seriously considering alternatives regarding Solaris for Intel. While it may appear from the outside for the issues to be simple, I can assure you that they are not simple. The decisions we made were based on some basic economic factors facing us. I certainly appreciate the passion for the product that all of you are showing and are very much wrapping that into the discussion of whether to and how to productize Solaris for Intel for Solaris 9. We are also working through your suggestions in detail regarding involvement of the community. I wish we already had all this worked out but we dont.

Again, I know this is not the response you want or are waiting for. It is the best we can do at this point. I have to ask for your further patience as we work towards resolving the future of Solaris on Intel.


Anil Gadre - Vice President, General Manager Solaris Software, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Posted 2002-05-22, 17:12 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun VP says Solaris-on-Intel question unresolved

With the release of Solaris 9 scheduled for midyear, Anil Gadre, vice president and general manager for Solaris software at Sun Microsystems Inc., has a lot on his plate. For one thing, he has to figure out how to deal with a vociferous user community that rebelled against Sun's decision, announced in January, to pull the plug on a version of Solaris 9 for Intel Corp. processors.

Q: What's the status of your deliberations on whether to reverse your decision to kill Solaris 9 on Intel?

A: We've had a substantial amount of input and interaction with various members of the community, and I'm really impressed by their passion and commitment to this space.

More: Computer World

Posted 2002-04-30, 02:21 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun rethinks Solaris on Intel

SUN MICROSYSTEMS THIS week revealed that user feedback has led the company to reconsider its decision to halt development of a version of the Solaris operating system for Intel's 32-bit chip architecture.

Loyal Solaris fans were quick to reprimand Sun en masse for its announcement in January that the company would freeze the Solaris download program for Intel-based computers and not support Intel chips at all with its upcoming Solaris 9 os.

More: InfoWorld

Posted 2002-04-20, 00:34 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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