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InfoWorld: Sun's 'Big Bear' Linux Server to Appear in August

Jun 19, 2002, 13:00 (17 Talkback[s])
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"Sun Microsystems will announce its controversial Linux server, code-named Big Bear, this August at the LinuxWorld conference, showing a dual-processor system that runs on chips from rival Intel, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.

"The Sun server, to be officially named Cobalt LX50, is the company's first general-purpose server to run Sun Linux and could be attractive to customers looking for a system to handle tasks such as e-mail, file and media serving. The new server will use two 1.4GHz Pentium III processors from Intel and two 72G-byte hard drives, the sources said. Future versions of the server will also likely come bundled with several software packages, including Sun's Grid Engine software, which manages large collections of servers, and Sun ONE Internet server-related software.

"The LX50 will be announced by Scott McNealy, Sun's chairman and chief executive officer, during his keynote speech at the LinuxWorld conference here, the sources said. Sun announced plans to roll out Linux-based servers earlier this year, but has yet to provide many details on the systems..."

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