"Several of the concerns about Oracle's acquisition of
Sun have revolved around how Unix technologies led by Sun would
continue under the new ownership. As it turns out, Solaris users
might not have much to worry about, as Oracle executives on
Wednesday affirmed their commitment to preserving the efforts.
"In the case of Solaris, Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) had already been
a big supporter of the rival Linux operating system. Oracle has its
own Enterprise Linux offering, based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
For Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the idea that Linux and Solaris are
mutually exclusive is a false choice.
""I don't think it's an either/or proposition, as UNIX does very
well on the high-end," Ellison said during a Webcast Q&A
session about the technologies. "I think where you'll see Solaris
going is running not so much as an operating system for a
standalone computer. You'll see Solaris as an operating system for
a cluster of computers.""