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[6]: Solaris is dead.
by Moulinneuf on Thu 19th Mar 2009 02:39 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Solaris is dead. "
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No, it was first used commercially in the ISP arena


The first viable commercial entity was selling GNU/Linux on diskette ... Internet was slow as hell in most places. ISP came in much later when the internet we know today started to take off around 1996-1998.

FreeBSD is 1993

"FreeBSD's development began in 1993 "

BSD is 1970's

FreeBSD was being tied up with legal wrangles

FreeBSD was not even part in the lawsuit ... it also happened in 1992.

I am sure that FreeBSD would have pulled ahead.

Apple , Microsoft and SUN , etc , are the ones who made the billions ... not the BSD community.

It had nothing to do with opensource

Actually it had everything to do with **real** Open Source and not the marketing phrase Open SOurce.

- GNU/Linux put **everything** online and said come play with it and let's share idea and we can all work freely on it as nobody can close it.

- BSD is and was : we are the best , we need no one , we make the perfect system , your opinion and code is worthless until we say it's good.

UNIX was beaten by Microsoft and Apple who used BSD for it's based and part of it's core.

SUN as very direct relation with BSD's one of it's founder is : Bill Joy


In 1997 In 1997, Apple was mired in questions surrounding it’s future, unsure of its footing within the computer industry and counting down its days of glory. In the words of Sir Wikipedia:

On July 9, 1997, Gil Amelio was ousted as CEO of Apple by the board of directors after overseeing a 12-year record-low stock price and crippling financial losses. Jobs stepped in as the interim CEO and began a critical restructuring of the company’s product line.

At the 1997 Macworld Expo, Steve Jobs announced that Apple would be entering into partnership with Microsoft.


What's the point ? Apple get sued , they got to a point everyone had them on the out or dead ... Since then they even switched patform from PPC to Intel ... They also are a commercial entity , they sale and support their product and they invest billion in development.

Their is three mainstream OS :

#1 GNU/Linux
#2 Microsoft
#3 Apple

By usage.

BSD as been around since the 70's ... as never been mainstream and probably never will be Due to their own hubris.

Edited 2009-03-19 02:42 UTC

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