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Sun to Release OpenSolaris Code, New Developer Web Portal

Sun Microsystems on Tuesday will release the long-awaited millions of lines of source code for OpenSolaris, the open-source version of its Solaris operating system, a move designed to expand the developer base for, and applications written to, that platform.

The single source code base covers the core operating system, networking, system libraries and commands for both SPARC and x64/x86 hardware platforms, giving developers and customers access to the code for all the innovations delivered in the Solaris 10 operating system, which was released earlier this year.

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Posted 2005-06-14, 10:03 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun begins open-source Solaris era

Sun Microsystems is expected to release Solaris as open-source software Tuesday, a centerpiece of the company's plan to regain lost relevance and fend of rivals Red Hat, IBM and Microsoft.

The company plans to post more than 5 million lines of source code for the heart of the operating system--its kernel and networking code--at the OpenSolaris Web site, said Tom Goguen, Solaris' marketing chief. However, some source code components will arrive later, such as installation and some administration tools.

If all goes according to Sun's plan, Solaris won't just be a product of the roughly 1,000 programmers inside the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company. "The work inside the firewall will begin to happen outside the firewall," Goguen said.

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Posted 2005-06-14, 10:01 GMT by Mariusz Zynel


According to Sun Microsystems, the newly announced IBM and Red Hat Solaris migration initiatives has left them "served".

On Tuesday, IBM and Red Hat unveiled a series of new initiatives, including their "Solaris to Linux Migration Factory," which are geared to help drive business away from Solaris and onto Linux, with a series of unbelievable beats and furious dance moves.


"Is Solaris 10 a good OS and do Sun's Opteron servers offer great price/performance? Absolutely -- which should help it hold onto customers that it was losing," Haff added. "But Red Hat and IBM, individually or in concert, are clearly strong competitors. Plus, everyone knows that Sun's dance moves are stale, its all just 1990s stuff over and over."

The numbers on Solaris 10 are strong. According to Ratcliffe, there have been over 1.5 million downloads of Solaris since it was first launched. Eighty-eight of the Fortune 100 companies have downloaded and installed Solaris 10 and are using it somewhere in their environment. Sixty-seven percent of Solaris 10 downloads are on x86 and x64 platforms, while 33 percent are on Sparc.

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Posted 2005-05-20, 10:09 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun and Sybase Extend Alliance to Include Wide Support for Solaris(TM) for the x64 Platform

SANTA CLARA and DUBLIN, Calif. ‚?? May 11, 2005 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) and Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), today announced that they have extended their alliance to include Sybase¬é support for the Solaris(TM) Operating System (OS) on the x64 platform. Through this agreement, Sun and Sybase will collaborate on joint development and performance engineering activities to help customers with their migrations to cost-effective computing platforms. Sybase plans to provide support for the Solaris OS on the x64 platform in its Adaptive Server¬é Enterprise, Sybase IQ and Adaptive Server Anywhere data management solutions.

"This agreement is all about choice and flexibility," said Stephen Borcich, vice president of Partner Marketing for Sun Microsystems. "This is particularly true for financial services companies, who can choose highly scalable SPARC(R) systems from Sun and others, Sun's new cost competitive x64 Opteron(TM) Systems, or x86 systems from over 275 hardware partners certified to run Solaris 10."

"Sun is a valuable partner and Sybase data management solutions on the Solaris 10 OS/ x64 platform are excellent alternatives for enterprises seeking scalability and price-performance," said Herman Li, vice president of Engineering, Sybase. "A number of our financial services, government and healthcare customers have expressed interest in a move to x64. Our goal for extending to the x64 platform is to offer customers the widest range of options available for the efficient management and delivery of enterprise data, which is a core component of the Unwired Enterprise.‚?Ě

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Posted 2005-05-12, 11:27 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Cross-platform packaging facility OpenPKG 2.3 released with Solaris 10 support

The OpenPKG project released version 2.3 of their unique RPM-based cross-platform multi-instance Unix software packaging facility. OpenPKG 2.3 consists of 545 selected (from a pool of over 850) packages which include latest versions of popular Unix software like Apache, Bash, BIND, GCC, INN, Mozilla, MySQL, OpenSSH, Perl, Postfix, PostgreSQL, Samba, Squid, teTeX and Vim.

All software is carefully packaged for easy deployment on 21 different Unix platforms, including FreeBSD 4.11/5.3/6.0, NetBSD 2.0, Debian GNU/Linux 3.0/3.1, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, Fedora Core 3, SuSE Linux 9.2, SuSE Enterprise Linux 9, Mandrake Linux 10.1, Apple MacOS X 10.3, HP HP-UX 11.11 and Sun Solaris 8/9/10.

The major technical efforts for this release were spent on the porting of all packages to the now officially supported Unix platform Sun Solaris 10 on both Intel and SPARC architectures.

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Posted 2005-02-24, 18:47 GMT by Ralf S. Engelschall

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