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CNET Sun's new Solaris takes aim at Microsoft

Nov 02, 1999, 22:48 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Solaris 8, the new edition of Sun's version of Unix, will become generally available that month, product manager Tom Goguen said in an interview today. But Sun is trying to prime the pump with a new program: Starting November 27, anyone who is so inclined will be able to begin beta testing on Solaris 8 for about $25."

"The timing of Sun's Solaris announcement isn't coincidental, said Jonathan Eunice, an analyst with Illuminata. "It's a poke in the side [at Microsoft]," he said."

"Sun chief operating officer Ed Zander said that Solaris 8 is "years ahead of NT," in a conference call last month. Future Sun server computers using the company's upcoming UltraSparc III "Cheetah" chips will use Solaris 8, he said."

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