Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Dec 2016 20:41 UTC
Oracle and SUN

There's a rumour going around that Oracle is close to ending all development of Solaris, effectively killing the operating system.

Solaris being canned, at least 50% of teams to be RIF'd in short term. All hands meetings being cancelled on orders from legal to prevent news from spreading. Hardware teams being told to cease development. There will be no Solaris 12, final release will be 11.4. Orders coming straight from Larry.

It's just rumours for now, but they've been gaining steam over the past few days.

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sergio
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2005-07-06

Since Oracle acquired Sun, all SPARC developments at Oracle are 100% Oracle. Fujitsu has their own SPARC development team. Yes, there is a lot of co-engineering to make certain a high level of compatibility, and Oracle resells Fujitsu systems outside of Japan but the two have very independent engineering teams. Since Oracle acquired Sun, they've introduced 7 new SPARC processors in 6 years. The latest SPARC M7 is currently leading all the world record benchmarks and even the next gen Intel and Power CPU's still wont beat it. At over 10Billion transistors, 32-cores and integrated Software in Silicon and Silicon Secured Memory there is nothing in the industry that comes close.


That's true, I think SPARC development was pretty good on par with PowerPC.

But right now, Solaris is the only commercial OS available for SPARC... if you stop or slow down Solaris development... what's the point of SPARC existence?

Even Fujitsu SPARC systems are used as Solaris servers.

IMHO if you kill Solaris, you kill SPARC too.

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FlyingJester Member since:
2016-05-11

Well, you do have Linux, but there are no distros that provide a decent level of support.

OpenBSD provides the best support outside Solaris. When I discovered how much better they supported UltraSparc than Linux, I began to understand why they insist on all development and builds for an architecture be self-hosting. If a platform is unfit to host its own development (barring embedded platforms) or compiling its self, your support is pretty poor.

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