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Sun staff give birth to 64-bit Solaris on Opteron

"It's alive!" was the cry issued this week by the Solaris grunts at Sun Microsystems. For the first time, the engineers managed to get a true 64-bit kernel up and running on an Opteron box. This is a key milestone in Sun's ambitious plan to make Solaris a preferred operating system in the x86 world.

More: The Register

Posted 2004-07-15, 23:45 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

BEA Weblogic Platform 8.1 on Solaris[tm] OS (x86 Platform Edition)

BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1 on the SolarisTM Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition) has been released for general availability offering customers support for BEA WebLogic Server, BEA WebLogic Portal, BEA WebLogic Integration and BEA WebLogic Workshop. Sun executives are eyeing the low-cost computing market and this step is one of many to familiarize this industry sector with Sun.

More: Sun Systems News

Posted 2004-07-11, 01:48 GMT by Alan Pae

Porting Guidelines for Solaris[tm] Operating System, x86 Platform Edition

Porting an application to the SolarisTM Operating System (Solaris OS) (x86 Platform Edition) involves a number of considerations, including the nature of the application components, the source code, driver code, version control, etc. If the application is written in JavaTM programming language, however, the value of "Write Once, Run AnywhereTM" becomes apparent, suggest the authors of this white paper.

More: Sun System News

Posted 2004-07-11, 01:45 GMT by Alan Pae

Sun Plans to Open Nearly All of Solaris Source Code

Sources familiar with the company's plans told CRN at JavaOne 2004 that Sun is not going to simply open up bits and pieces of the millions of lines of code in Solaris, Sun's popular Unix-based operating system. The vendor plans to open up nearly all of the OS's source code, including, "all the rocket science," one Sun employee who requested anonymity said.

More: CRN

Posted 2004-07-03, 01:06 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

Sun returns to old haunts

The 64-bit Opteron CPU is the perfect successor to 32-bit Sparc. In Fowler?s words, AMD?s flagship processor gave Sun?s engineers the power to ?uncripple? Solaris for non-Sparc systems. A recent update to Solaris 9 improves Opteron?s performance in 32-bit mode. The 32-bit Solaris 10 in testing is stable enough for limited production use, Fowler said. When Solaris 10 goes 64-bit on Opteron, it will run a mix of 32-bit and 64-bit Solaris and Linux apps, without performance penalties, on Sun servers and workstations with one to eight processors.

More: InfoWorld

Posted 2004-06-29, 22:02 GMT by Mariusz Zynel

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