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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System P (and System Z) virtualization is more of a hardware function than part of the OS, sure you can run AIX inside of an LPAR but you can also run Linux.

Solaris zones are not meant to compete with this or with vmware, they are a lighter weight alternative which serve a different purpose. There is nothing stopping you from installing solaris inside of vmware or a similar technology. And on the subject of LPARs, Sun has something similar on their high end offerings anyway, and has for years.

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