eWeek: Sun Drops Its Linux Distribution
Mar 28, 2003, 22:04 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"In a major strategy shift, Sun Microsystems Inc. officials said
it will stop offering its own customized version of Linux and will
instead turn to several other standard Linux distributions.
"'Yes, this is a change in strategy. Our Sun Linux distribution
is essentially Red Hat Linux with a few minor tweaks,' John
Loiacono, vice president of Sun's operating platforms group, told
reporters at a 'town hall' meeting in San Francisco Friday morning.
'But our customers told us they didn't want a standard distribution
that had some tweaks, so I decided to fix the problem by simply
supporting between two and four standard Linux distributions,
though I have not as yet decided which these will be.
"'I'm currently talking to the Linux vendors and hope that this
move will happen as soon as possible,' said Loiacono.
"Loiacono added that Linux provider Red Hat 'would be a logical
partner' and that Sun would ensure compatibility with the spectrum
of products offered by the vendors selected..."