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Sun's Extreme Makeover

Next month, Sun is bringing out Solaris 10, an upgrade to its flagship Unix operating system that's more finely tuned for x86 microprocessors.

More: Information Week

Posted 2004-10-25, 11:19 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Cross-platform packaging facility OpenPKG 2.2 released

The OpenPKG project released version 2.2 of their unique RPM-based cross-platform Unix software packaging facility. OpenPKG 2.2 consists of 528 selected (from a pool of 800) 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 carefully packaged for easy deployment on 18 different Unix platforms, including FreeBSD 4.10/5.3, Debian GNU/Linux 3.0/3.1, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, Fedora Core 2, SuSE Linux 9.0/9.1, and especially Sun Solaris 2.6/8/9/10 on both SPARC and iX86 platforms. The major technical efforts for this release were spent on reducing the requirements on the underlying Unix platforms and further improving the portability of our packages. Additionally, we ensured that a smooth upgrade path exists from OpenPKG 2.1.

More: The OpenPKG Project

Posted 2004-10-20, 15:29 GMT by Ralf S. Engelschall

The Solaris performance advantage

The powerful combination of the Solaris OS and the AMD Opteron processors is shattering benchmark records and delivering breakthrough price/performance for databases, application servers, Web servers, compilers, and more

More: Sun Microsystems

Posted 2004-10-12, 22:40 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun Microsystems and NVIDIA Form Professional Graphics Alliance

Sun Microsystems, Inc. and NVIDIA Corporation today announced that they have joined forces to deliver leading NVIDIA QuadroŽ graphics solutions on Sun Java? Workstations running Solaris?, Windows or Linux operating systems. Through this alliance, Sun has bundled NVIDIAŽ technology with its recently announced Sun Java Workstations W1100z and W2100z, based on the AMD Opteron? processor with Direct Connect Architecture. Sun is committed to delivering NVIDIA technologies with future Sun products, and the two companies are working together to tune and optimize the OpenGL implementation for Solaris on x86 and deliver an open, standards-based development environment.


Posted 2004-10-12, 22:38 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun Helps Major European Bank Reduce Operational Risk

The Sun Fire V20z server delivers the highest price/performance ratios available on the market (see the latest independent benchmark by SAP Sales & Distribution Standard Application dated August 8, 2004). Moreover, the AMD Opteron processor-based architecture offers both 32 and 64 bit applications, enabling the firm to gain maximum advantage from its existing investments. In addition, the integrated service processor provides the possibility to remotely manage and supervise the equipment on site, reducing operational expenses.

More: Supercomputing Online

Posted 2004-09-29, 20:33 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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