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NewsForge: Solaris on Intel out? Does that mean Linux is in?

Jan 28, 2002, 23:43 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Grant for this link. ]

"Ransom Love, CEO of Caldera, thinks that Sun's move away from keeping Solaris on Intel up to date does represent an opportunity, but not for Linux, but instead for Caldera's Open Unix, its cross between UnixWare and Linux. He noted, "Caldera has a strong relationship with Sun. Sun is a partner and investor in Caldera, and we are very interested in continuing our work with them." But he also thinks that "Sun's decision demonstrates the consolidation happening on Intel, and essentially makes Caldera the only alternative for Unix on Intel."

But Mark deVisser, Red Hat's vice president of marketing thinks that Sun's move out of the Intel platform does represent an opportunity for Linux. "We have long stated that our greatest market share gains have come from the Unix camp, so it is no surprise that the real opportunity for Red Hat is in the Unix-to-Linux migration. Amazon is one such customer who migrated from Unix to Linux at considerable cost savings, and we're seeing much more momentum in this direction."

The marketplace will decide whose vision of the future turns out to be the clearest, but one thing is for certain: Open Source wins. Whether it's BSD, pure Linux or Linux -elated operating systems like Open Unix, or Pentium III and IVs or the Itanium, the only significant Unixes running on Intel platforms in the future will be Open Source."

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