Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jan 2010 16:08 UTC
Oracle and SUN "Several of the concerns about Oracle's acquisition of Sun have revolved around how Unix technologies led by Sun would continue under the new ownership. As it turns out, Solaris users might not have much to worry about, as Oracle executives on Wednesday affirmed their commitment to preserving the efforts. In the case of Solaris, Oracle had already been a big supporter of the rival Linux operating system. Oracle has its own Enterprise Linux offering, based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the idea that Linux and Solaris are mutually exclusive is a false choice."
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Not all *nix is equal...
by spanglywires on Fri 29th Jan 2010 18:43 UTC
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Regarding the above..

You guys are dreaming that Linux is ready for the big time. Even IBM who some Linux people see as some kind of saviour is saying that Linux is not Enterprise class and will sell you a POWERwotsit donkey cart in the biggest rack frame they can find.

I use AIX, Solaris and Linux everyday, and Linux does not cut it *yet*. Sun gear and Solaris is truly Enterprise class, you can hotswap memory and cpus in big SPARC systems with NO DOWNTIME, and even the older boxes had hundreds of cpu's when maxed out. Solaris quite simply has a lead over all Unix flavours (especially the laggard that is AIX) when it comes to scalability in numbers, and its got at least a 20 year head start on Linux.

Theres plenty of room for both however!

Now, what I imagine Larry means is Solaris on the big Enterprise stuff for banks, scientific, military etc (ie big markup for those willing to pay for it) with Oracle Grid Databases, while the SMB departmental stuff will be smaller and more flexible using Linux (where cost against Microsoft counts). I'll also bet the lower end stuff will get a tweak and tuned MySQL (again, I use both daily!)

The guy has a knack for wringing cash out all the way, and lets face it, he wouldn't keep what he couldn't use.

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