IT-Director: Solaris tightens Merced screws on Microsoft

“…Sun… has now announced a Win-beating timetable for its
flagship operating system, Solaris.

SUN’s plans are for a release of Solaris for the IA-64
simulator ‘some time this autumn’
– this is based on the
assumption that most development will be carried out on the
simulator for the immediate future. …it is highly unlikely
that Microsoft will have much to show before the middle of next

“Inevitably, OS pricing will be driven down, both by the
commodity nature of the IA-64 OS market and by the fact that at
least one, namely Linux, will be available for free.”