Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Mar 2008 21:34 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris "Sun Microsystems has gone totally native. Customers can now run unmodified SPARC/Solaris applications on x86 systems thank to a partnership with Transitive. The two companies also plan to craft a new package for running native x86 applications on SPARC machines. Transitive this week announced that the long in beta QuickTransit for Solaris code has moved into production form. It even gets a Solaris Ready Logo and all."
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What's the point
by rom508 on Fri 21st Mar 2008 02:33 UTC
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They're just constructing layers of code that takes up valuable memory and processor resources. Same goes for virtualisation, etc. If the software vendor cannot provide native versions of their binaries for a particular platform (there aren't that many, for Solaris the choice is x86/64 and Sparc), well they can go to hell. The more turd you pile up on top of your OS, the more bugs and bloat you have to deal with.

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RE: What's the point
by Aronek on Fri 21st Mar 2008 22:52 in reply to "What's the point"
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Valuable memory and processor resources? What computer resource is cheaper than CPU cycles and RAM these days?

Lots of enterprise customers are running important SPARC apps that continue to make them money.... but will never be ported to another OS (i.e. the original vendor went out of business, or the source code is otherwise unavailable). This is a way to let them get on new hardware (i.e. quad-core multi-socket x86 systems, still comparatively cheap compared to SPARC gear)... and even if they lose some efficiency it will likely still run at the same speed (or faster) since x86 has a price/performance advantage.

This is just a tiny step closer to the day when any program will run on any hardware.

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