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I disagree, the reason for SUN's demise is very simple: not enough customers were buying (or likely to) enough products for enough money to justify SUN's cost structures in the medium/long run, so investors bailed. Investors are in it to make money, if a corporation is likely to have decreasing profits then they start to look elsewhere. Personally, I think it is a sociopathic system, and very limited, but that is how things are set up currently.
BTW, the fact that Toshiba may have sold laptops with Solaris preloaded is irrelevant to the point I was making: systems engineering is not free. For Oracle to sell a SPARC ATX board, it would only make sense if the market was large enough to justify the engineering costs for the product. Maybe Oracle could create a marketing campaign to increase the size of said market, but it is clear that has little probability of succeeding given an off the shelf x86 price/performance ratio. Edited 2012-10-07 01:02 UTC
Ok, there I agree with you.