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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RE[2]: The turning point
by kaiwai on Wed 4th Apr 2007 01:40 UTC in reply to "RE: The turning point"
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Just a couple of points:

1) I agree with the push on the desktop, laptop and workstation; I've pushed an idea through the marketing mailing list for a "Solaris Workstation Edition" where by there are periodic re-spins every 4 months, and packages for the distribution are available on a respository so that upgrades and updates can be done without needing to download an entirely new iso. I also have pushed through the idea that ON builds, not only include sources but pre-build packages so that novice users, and developers who have little time to compile, can download the latest and greatest, and test it in every day user - thus expanding the pool of testers.

2) Desktop/Laptop/Workstation is at the heart of attracting developers; attract them with a good desktop operating system, and they will come, learn the operating system, become excited about the direction, and mindshare is added to the developer community.

There seems to be a disconnect that you're a developer and a user, and they occupy seperate spaces; what about the developer sitting there writing code who wants to listen to his mp3's whilst working? what about the developer who does some part time programming at home, but also likes watching DVD's and movies on his computer?

This is where Sun falls down, assuming you can neatly catagories people into pigeon holes, and they never leave them - all the developer does is write code; I'd love to meet a programmer who only doesn't programming on his computer.

3) AIX is going to hang around simply because there are alot of IBM shops still out there - generally speaking, if you're a big IBM customer, it makes no sense mixing and matching, you just go with them, and they'll provide you with a 'great deal'.

This will be further entrenched with the move to standardise their whole high end on a single processor, where by you'll have from mainframe to server all using the POWER processor - thus leaving it up to the customer to decide what is suitable for which job - but beyond that, I don't see AIX expanding much, it just sits there, adds little revenue to the bigger picture.

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