Sun’s announcement this week that it plans to make Solaris an “open-source” operating system has been met with mixed reactions from users and scepticism from open-source advocates. “I’m totally nonplussed by the announcement,” said Dale Pickford, chief infrastructure officer at Ocwen Technology. Ocwen last year consolidated around 140 servers into several high-end Sun servers running Solaris – one with more than 100 processors. For smaller servers with four or fewer CPUs, Linux on Intel is suitable, Pickford said. But for systems larger than that, “the Sparc and Solaris environment really comes into its own,” he said. “And once you start playing at that level anyway, you don’t want to be messing with the OS.” LinuxWorld has an article as well on the open sourcing of Java and Solaris.