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Sun to Offer Sub-$1,000 Workstation

Now, Sun is looking to differentiate itself from traditional machines by offering the new Sun Ultra 20 workstation at a starting price of $895. The entry price is less than competing workstations from IBM, Dell or HP, which generally start at a few thousand dollars, said Sun Executive Vice President John Fowler.

"We're generating performance and technical capabilities at a much lower price point and in that we can drive higher volumes [of sales]," Fowler said.

As far as hardware is concerned, Ultra 20 is powered by AMD Opteron chips and propped up by half a terabyte of internal storage. Hardware support includes NVIDIA Quadro PCI-Express graphics boards and PCI-Express media and communications processors.

More: InternetNews.com

Posted 2005-07-01, 00:48 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
 

A Look at Solaris 10 and Sun's Dual Core Fire V40z

Several months ago, we Sun gave us the opportunity to look at a quad Opteron, 3U rackmount server that had everyone reevaluating Intel's dominance in the server arena. Four months later, AMD finally has some significant market share for entry level servers. Our original quad Opteron 250 server was an impressive piece of machinery, but since AMD's launch of dual core processors, a whole new class of high performance entry servers has evolved.

Sun was extremely pleased to announce to us that their dual core V40z had set the 64-bit SPEC JBB2000 World Record. We couldn't have been more excited to get a similar configuration for our testing to do some real world benchmarks for ourselves! Today we will look at one of these high performance Sun Fire V40z machines and see how they compare against the previous generation of V40z.

More: AnandTech

Posted 2005-06-30, 20:09 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
 

OpenPKG 2.4 available for Sun Solaris 8/9/19

The OpenPKG project released version 2.4 of their unique RPM-based cross-platform multi-instance Unix software packaging facility. OpenPKG 2.4 consists of 562 selected (from a pool of over 880) packages which include latest versions of all popular Unix server software. All software is carefully packaged for easy deployment on 16 different Unix platforms, including FreeBSD 4.11/5.4/6.0, NetBSD 2.0.2, Debian GNU/Linux 3.1, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, Fedora Core 3, SUSE Linux 9.3, Mandriva Linux 10.2 and Sun Solaris 8/9/10. The major technical efforts for this release were spent on porting OpenPKG to IBM AIX 5.1 and further improving the Solaris 10 and Debian 3.1 support.

More: OpenPKG Press Release

Posted 2005-06-22, 15:22 GMT by Ralf S. Engelschall
 

Sun Micro to start publishing Solaris source code

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sun Microsystems Inc. will publish the source code for its Solaris operating system used to run large computer centers on Tuesday as the network computer maker hopes the free software will drive sales of its servers and computer services.

Sun, which has suffered longer than rivals IBM, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc. since the dot-com and telecommunications busts in early 2001, said that the source code for Solaris, networking and system libraries and commands will be free available on its Website on Tuesday.

By making the underlying code to Solaris freely available to software developers and the market at large, Sun aims to broaden the total available market for Sun's computer servers and computer services.

More: Reuters

Posted 2005-06-14, 10:11 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
 

Sun releasing OpenSolaris technologies via open source

Sun Microsystems on Tuesday is releasing a slate of technologies as part of OpenSolaris, the open source version of the Solaris 10 operating system.

Technologies including the kernel and networking software will be available for free usage under Sun‚??s Community Development and Distribution License, said Tom Goguen, vice president for platform software at Sun. The kernel includes features such as predictive self-healing and Solaris containers for isolating an application within the operating system. Also part of the release are system libraries and commands.

‚??Our goal is to increase and really drive up the ecosystem around Solaris,‚?Ě said Goguen.

‚??It‚??s going to be a full, buildable environment. That‚??s perhaps the key thing,‚?Ě Goguen said.

Users can download source code, combine it with their own source code and make commercial products out of it. ‚??It‚??s a completely royalty-free open source product,‚?Ě Goguen said.

More: InfoWorld

Posted 2005-06-14, 10:08 GMT by Mariusz Zynel
 

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