Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Nov 2007 19:49 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Erstwhile bitter rivals Dell and Sun Microsystems are set to announce that Sun's Solaris and OpenSolaris operating systems will be supported in all of Dell's servers. Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell and Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz plan to make the announcement during a joint appearance at the Oracle OpenWorld 2007 conference today.
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RE: Meaningless
by SReilly on Thu 15th Nov 2007 11:56 UTC in reply to "Meaningless"
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As far as I'm concerned, Solaris has been on the wane for years. Many universities, who've long been big Sun hardware and Solaris users (one I knew was absolutely die-hard Sun), switched to Linux long ago because of better open source application support and cheaper hardware.


Although I'm a Sun fan, I have to agree with your assessment. Who hasn't heard of Sun Sites? Then again, I can't remember how long has it been since I connected to a Sun Site FTP server.

Ever since Sun lost their UNIX workstation market to that Linux 'upstart', they have been focusing on server site solutions. Yet, all that money they spent on University handouts gave only a short term return on investment. Like you say, Universities prefer the cheaper hardware option coupled with open source software. Sure, Solaris is now open source but it's a late comer compared to the BSDs and Linux.

All in all, Sun still dominates the corporate UNIX server and Java application server markets but as a workstation system, it's been a long time since anyone got really interested in Sun's offerings.

Hopefully OpenSolaris and project Indiana will help turn this around as it would be a shame to see this exceptional OS relegated to just the server market.

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