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NewsFactor: Showdown: Solaris vs. Linux

Jun 02, 2003, 23:30 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vincent Ryan)

Sun Microsystems has jumped into the low-cost computing arena and, like every other vendor, has Linux in its sights. Sun has waffled on its commitment to x86 computing in the past, but last week it announced an 'assault' on the low-end market with the introduction of two Intel Xeon-based servers, the Sun Fire V60x and V65x, starting at a price of US$2,450.

"In addition, Oracle agreed to port its software--including the Oracle 9i Database, Oracle 9i Application Server, and the Oracle E-Business Suite--to Solaris x86, Sun's low-end version of the Solaris operating system.

"With the way enterprises are buying these days, that all makes sense. But underneath the public-relations hoopla lies a crucial question: Can Solaris x86 actually compete against Linux? Can Sun keep enterprises from defenestrating their Sun installations altogether and moving to open-source APIs? The answers are complicated, but one thing seems certain: Sun has a fight on its hands..."

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