Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 23:18 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris "Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz loves to splatter the media with the line that Windows, Red Hat Linux and Solaris stand as the only operating systems of significance in the server kingdom. We've spent the last few years struggling to appreciate the seriousness of that claim. Sun's declining system sales failed to inspire much optimism about the company conquering the data centers of tomorrow with a deflating 'venerable' OS. A couple of recent items, however, have tweaked our view of Schwartz's favored claim. It could well be that Solaris - of all things - provides the 'iPod moment' Sun seeks." In the meantime, Sun upped the speed of some of its SPARC chips.
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The turning point
by zizban on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 23:26 UTC
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Two things really turned Solaris around: First was a full commitment to x86, instead of the lukewarm if-we-must attitude they had prior to Solaris 10 x86. They now treat x86 the same as the Sparc version and it shows.

Second was open sourcing Solaris; it wasn't GPL but it created a huge buzz and a flourishing community.

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