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Linux Journal: Solaris Free-for-All

Jan 27, 2000, 06:11 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Penn)

"Sun Microsystems, Inc., in an apparent bid to fend of challenges from the left (Linux) and the right (Windows 2000), has elected to take one small step toward both open source and the philosophy of free software by offering Solaris 8 for the low, low cost of $75, according to early reports from CNET and others. Solaris 8 is slated to be unveiled today in New York City, where there is also a suspicion that the source code for Solaris 8 will also be revealed...."

"Additionally, versions of Solaris 8 available later in the year are expected to pull a page from the Linux text of late: clustering. Clustering servers allows for workload-sharing and works as an on-the-fly backup in case any given server in the cluster breaks down. While Linux servers are not the only ones to take advantage of clustering (Windows NT works with two machines and Windows 2000 will reportedly cluster up to four), the fact that the rise of Linux came as clustering techniques were being refined has certainly helped up the ante for those in a server marketplace that has become considerably more competitive with the arrival of Linux."

"Solaris 8 represents not only Sun Microsystems' latest defense of its Internet server turf, but also an attempt to pluck some of the most central tenets of the Linux phenomenon for its own ends. While Sun Microsystems' president Ed Zander has been quoted as saying that Sun will never replace its Solaris OS with Linux--occasionally going so far as to suggest that many companies are chasing after Linux with the same simplistic devotion that they showed in wooing Windows in years past--it is clear that Sun Microsystems has learned that, at least to some degree, if you can't beat them, steal a few pages from their playbook."

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