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Byte.com: Double Checking Sun's Reality Check

Mar 05, 2002, 19:13 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Moshe Bar)

[ Thanks to Moshe Bar for this link. ]

"I have been running Linux on the S/390 architecture for two years now and I have yet to see a platform compatibility issue with Linux S/390. In fact, according to IBM Europe, last year — for the first time in a decade — actual mainframe sales went up (14 percent), which is largely due to Linux. This shows that Linux S/390 is taken seriously by the enterprise users, and that increasingly they are buying into this platform.

Sun's article contains so many factual errors and misrepresentation that it makes it hard to believe its recently renewed Linux and open-source approach is real. Sun has been promising for years to make the source to its Solaris operating system available, but although I have written to them and asked for it, I have yet to receive this source of Solaris. Just try looking for it in Sun's web site and you will soon find yourself trapped in a circular link charade leading nowhere.

Sun's rebuff of IBM's Linux efforts so far only consists of suspicious observations and assertions. Leibniz, the German philosopher, already proved three centuries ago that any number of observations can be accommodated within an infinite number of explanations. In other words, Sun's latest action against IBM is nothing but a FUD strategy — sowing fear, uncertainty, and doubt."

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