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ShowMeLinux: Linux Heating Up, Courtesy Of Sun

Aug 05, 2000, 17:13 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brax Hekelak)

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"...Linux is moving in on everything Sun has worked so hard to establish. Is Sun preparing to battle? Are Solaris developers sharpening their swords, focusing their energies on wiping out the Linux community? Actually, they're not. Sun is helping Linux in a big way. ... They are members of Linux International, a nonprofit organization which spreads information about Linux globally. They are also members of the li18nux project, an effort to assist developers in internationalizing their software. Sun also works with the Free Standards Group and Linux Standards Base to help create open industry standards."

"Most Linux users are familiar with StarOffice, the office suite created by Star Division which was acquired by Sun in August of 1999. StarOffice is available for a multitude of platforms, including Linux, Solaris, and Windows. In fact, Sun has plans to open the source code to StarOffice when they release version 6.0 this October. This is not only a step to improving the quality of the product and porting it to other platforms, but this will also help other developers working on similar office applications."

"Sun has been working with developers to port Linux to the UltraSPARC architecture. Now, thanks to their efforts, several Linux distributions support the UltraSPARC platform, such as Red Hat Linux, Caldera Openlinux, and Debian GNU/Linux."

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