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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Solaris is dead.
by Windows Sucks on Wed 18th Mar 2009 18:05 UTC
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2005-11-10

I said this a while ago that Solaris would not last much longer and I got shut down.

AIX is strong for IBM, very stable and VERY secure, they will keep selling that on their big iron. On the lower end I think IBM will push people off Solaris and to Linux.

Linux is more flexible and also there are a lot more people these days using it.

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RE: Solaris is dead.
by google_ninja on Wed 18th Mar 2009 18:57 in reply to "Solaris is dead. "
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2006-02-05

How is linux more flexible? I am curious what you have to back up that statement.

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RE[2]: Solaris is dead.
by Windows Sucks on Wed 18th Mar 2009 19:49 in reply to "RE: Solaris is dead. "
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2005-11-10

What makes the Linux kernel flexible is how easy it is to port it. As you know its been ported to almost every hardware configuration you can think of. From Phones, to set top boxes to PC's to Super Computers.

Solaris has been ported to what? X86 sparc and maybe one or two other platforms.

Yes Open Solaris has a much bigger HAL then Solaris proper, Linux can be ported quickly to almost anything you throw at it.

The other flexibility is that no one company controls it so there are no restraints to what you can do to it. So for the customer or random developer you can do whatever you want with it. It doesn't fall under some restrictive Sun (IBM) license. Notice that there are tons of versions of linux and even the linux kernel. When open solaris was first talked about people acted like Slow Laris was so much better then Linux and when it went open source that would be the death of Linux. LOL! Not.

No one serious has given Open Solaris a good look. Meaning that hosting companies still push Linux, companies that sell virtual servers still push Linux, companies doing cloud computing still push Linux.

Open Solaris has not taken off and Solaris proper is dieing.

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RE[2]: Solaris is dead.
by sbergman27 on Wed 18th Mar 2009 19:56 in reply to "RE: Solaris is dead. "
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2005-07-24

How is linux more flexible? I am curious what you have to back up that statement.

Well, I'd say that Linux has been demonstrated to be useful on a much broader range of different hardware than Solaris. IBM even put it on a writwatch, and uses it regularly on their mainframes. And pretty much everywhere in between where AIX's tight integration with the hardware doesn't make more sense. (AIX doesn't compete with Linux or Solaris as much as some might think.) Much of the reason that IBM was attracted to Linux was to unify their lines of servers. It depends upon the situation, of course. But I'd say that overall there's a pretty good basis for saying that Linux is more flexible today, in 2009. Especially at IBM.

And unlike Sun, they really have no reason to do an about face and push Solaris, except with Sun's existing Solaris customers. Likely, OpenSolaris would be truly opened up (as oposed to the "sort of open" joint copyright situation we see now) and it, and its community, will either float or sink based upon what that community is able to accomplish.

This purchase, if it actually occurs, could actually clean up the landscape a bit. I like the idea.

Edited 2009-03-18 19:58 UTC

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