Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Jan 2006 22:10 UTC, submitted by James Dickens
Oracle and SUN Someone has found the manual to Sun's Ultra 40 - which hasn't even been announced yet. The machine clearly is the bigger brother of the Ultra 20. It apparently sports two AMD Opteron processors (single or dualcore; 2.0Ghz or faster; 1MB cache), eight PC3200 DIMM slots (2GB per DIMM), and more. It will come pre-loaded with Solaris 10 (obviously) but RedHat/SUSE Linux Enterprise/Windows are also supported, in both 32bit and 64bit.
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RE[7]: Sun is even busier
by rhavyn on Wed 18th Jan 2006 22:03 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Sun is even busier"
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Don't talk nonsense. Just skim the threads here when the Ultra 20 got released-- many people were asking for a SPARC-based workstation from Sun, simply because many, including myself, have a SPARC workstation that badly needs replacing (my aging Ultra 5). Now, for what do I use an UltraSPARC? Reliability. I want UltraSPARC workstations from Sun because they do not die. They do not break. They are as solid as a rock.

So are you saying that Sun's Opteron systems aren't solid as a rock? Because if it's not that then it sounds like your just like the poor MIPS guys who wish they could go back to the good old days when people cared about MIPS and SGI. And if it is that they aren't solid as a rock, why is anyone encouraging people to buy shoddy Opteron hardware from Sun?

Of course Sun wants to sell SPARC machines. But do you really think they would go through ALL the trouble of setting up, designing (they even hired a world-famous server designer to design Opteron servers), multiple Opteron product lines, JUST, to, after months and months, release one SPARC line of workstations?

You make it sound like Sun isn't completely schizo. After watching them for the past 5 years, however, I could completely believe that they'd do backflips to sell Opterons today and then stop selling them and go all Sparc tomorrow. And then three months later recant and sell Opterons again but have their executives bad mouth Opterons every time they speak. That's entirely consistent with their Solaris x86 strategy, their Linux strategy and their support for open source. Why not make it their hardware strategy too?

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