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CNET News.com: Sun, Intel part ways on Solaris plans [for Itanium]

Jul 22, 2000, 18:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Sun Microsystems and Intel finally are seeing eye to eye on whether Sun's Solaris operating system should run on Intel's upcoming Itanium chip: Now both companies think it's a lousy idea."

"In February, Intel drastically cut its support of Sun's effort to bring Solaris to Itanium, saying that Sun wasn't sufficiently committing resources or time to the project. Then the squabble escalated: Sun reaffirmed its plan to bring Solaris to Itanium, while Intel broadly hinted that Sun had become its primary competitor, and target, in the server market."

"Now things have changed. In an interview yesterday, Sun chief financial officer Mike Lehman said that running Solaris on Itanium, which was delayed again this week, is not an important part of Sun's future. "We're not going to fight that battle. Their customers will decide what they really want," Lehman said."

"Intel, for its part, hasn't changed its position. "We weren't seeing much commitment on Sun's part" or seeing interest by software companies writing programs for Solaris on Itanium, said spokesman Bill Kircos. "We're seeing overwhelming support for Windows 2000, Linux and Monterey, and that's where our focus is."

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