Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th May 2006 14:56 UTC, submitted by Robert Escue
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Sun Microsystems plans to offer support for the Ubuntu server Linux distribution on its T1 server line, the company said at the JavaOne industry conference in San Francisco. "We will be aggressively supporting the fork work [stuff] that Ubuntu has been doing," Sun chief executive Jonathan Schwartz said at the conference. "The ideals of that community are relatively familiar to us." More here, while a comparison of Linux and Solaris on a T2000 is also available.
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RE[4]: Slippery customers
by rattaro on Wed 17th May 2006 19:20 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Slippery customers"
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>Jonathan's plan has been pretty obvious to me, even as an outsider. Also he's been consistent for the last 2 years (I didn't pay attention to Sun before that).
To summarize into one word: "volume".

I don't agree. I think that Sun's plan has always been "bait and switch." Use the Linux name to get your foot in the door, then push Solaris. It's not really a secret. That's why they post comparison benchmarks as often as possible. That's why they always waver on Linux support -- they don't want the support to equal that of Solaris.

It's not a very good business decision to sort of support something, then not really, then maybe, and this is where Sun frequently gets criticised. This seems to be more of a pro-Solaris position, rather than a pure business decision to me. But then again, I'm not in charge of a multi-billion dollar company, and I REALLY don't know what I'm talking about. I'm just speculating.

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