Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Mar 2009 11:48 UTC, submitted by PLan
In the News In a move that would certainly shake up the computer industry quite a bit, IBM is reportedly in talks with Sun Microsystems about the possibility of IBM acquiring Sun. Sun is going through hard times at the moment, and has been actively looking for someone to be acquired by.
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RE[5]: Solaris is dead.
by kaiwai on Thu 19th Mar 2009 01:19 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Solaris is dead. "
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" I wish people would spend a bit of time to ask themselves why Linux originally took off in the first place

It's Free Software , that's why it took off , you got real community and commercial involvment witch you don't get in so called **Open Source**.

MIT ... Open Source.
BSD ... Open Source
Open Solaris ... Open Source.

No, it was first used commercially in the ISP arena by people who wanted a cheap, good enough UNIX like operating system to run their servers with. FreeBSD was being tied up with legal wrangles and thus Linux pulled ahead. If FreeBSD never had the legal wrangles I am sure that FreeBSD would have pulled ahead.

It had nothing to do with opensource and everything to do with a a cheap GET solution whilst the UNIX world was charging $20,000 for workstations and thousands ontop of that for their operating system and charging for individual components of the operating system.

Edited 2009-03-19 01:20 UTC

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