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*NIX - UNIX: Sun's Solaris Moves to Linux Pricing Model
Solaris Sun Microsystems has an odd relationship with the Penguin these days. They have their own version of Linux, Sun Java Desktop 2004, on the market. Last I checked they were still offering this to customers as a solution.

In addition to offering their own Linux distribution they also sell Sun Solaris. Solaris has been a standard option flavor of Unix for years. Now here's where it gets tricky. They've recently released one variation of Sun Solaris 10 as no-charge software which they'll be charging for support on.
Published Jan 06, 2005 - 11:35 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Solaris licence gets OSI approval
Solaris The Open Source Initiative's licence approval committee has given a vote of support to Sun's licence. In late December, the committee recommended that Sun's Community Development and Distribution License (CDDL) be granted official status as an open source licence, Chairman Russell Nelson said in an email posting. The recommendation still must be approved by OSI's board, Nelson added.
Published Jan 05, 2005 - 03:38 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Torvalds: A Solaris Skeptic
Solaris When Linus Torvalds successfully harnessed the talent of thousands of programmers to create Linux, the operating system that arguably suffered most was Sun Microsystems' Solaris.

Now Torvalds and his allies face a new side of that old competitor. Sun has turned Solaris into an open-source project. The company also is building its own community of programmers around Solaris, while promoting the operating system's deployment on the widely used computers with x86 processors, such as Intel's Xeon.
Published Dec 21, 2004 - 10:22 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Multiple versions of Open Source Solaris planned
Solaris Three versions of open source Solaris 10 are in the works, as Sun Microsystems Inc prepares to convert its entire middleware portfolio to a pay-per-use, open source stack.

Sun said it plans, over time, to deliver a code for Solaris that is free for download, a right-to-use version of Solaris with simple support, and a version featuring a range of full service offerings.
Published Dec 13, 2004 - 12:29 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: New pricing plan for Solaris 10 soon
Solaris Network computing biggie, the $11.6-billion Sun Microsystems Inc, will soon unveil a brand new subscription-based pricing model for its Solaris 10 operating system (OS) in India. The Solaris 10 price plans will be determined based on the total number of CPUs (central processing units) at client locations and will be computed annually.

The Sun Solaris 10 is being billed as Sun’s flagship operating system. Sun, which has an annual R&D budget of roughly 20% of its global turnover, spent $500 million in developing the Solaris 10 platform.
Published Dec 02, 2004 - 12:02 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Can Solaris 10 Make Sun Shine Again?
Solaris Scott McNealy celebrated his 50th birthday on Nov. 13 -- and two days later his company hit another milestone. It released what's easily its most important product in more than nine years. Called Solaris 10, it's an upgrade to Sun's (SUNW ) flagship computer-operating system that's more than four years in the making.

With a $500 million research and development price tag, Solaris 10 is a significant step forward for techdom. It has a new system for sharing files and cutting-edge capabilities to make computers operate more efficiently.
Published Nov 16, 2004 - 01:58 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: New Solaris features 'increase performance by 500 percent'
Solaris Sun has introduced the long-awaited next version of its operating system, Solaris 10, which the network computer maker is betting on to help bring itself back to sustained profitability.

...[Representatives for the company] said that some customers who have been testing Solaris 10 and DTrace have seen performance increases of as much as 500 percent when using the technology.
Published Nov 15, 2004 - 05:03 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Q&A: Sun's Jonathan Schwartz on the Solaris 10 launch
Solaris Sun Microsystems Inc. will formally launch Solaris 10 on Monday, when officials plan to lay out pricing for the operating system as well as details about releasing the open-source version of the software, which is due out next year.

According to Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's president and chief operating officer, there's nothing blocking release of the source code and -- with the possible exception of some small parts of the code such as some third-party drivers -- all of Solaris 10's code will be open-source.
Published Nov 15, 2004 - 11:22 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux Smackdown Pinned On Solaris 10
Solaris Sun Microsystems aims to slow the momentum of Red Hat Linux by giving away Solaris 10 and offering free migration services through its services arm and select partners.

Sun, which will launch the latest version of its Unix operating system Monday, said it will match Red Hat's business model and go a step further by allowing customers to download and run Solaris 10 in production at no charge.
Published Nov 12, 2004 - 05:27 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Compatibility Issues Slow 'Project Janus'
Solaris As Sun Microsystems Inc. prepares to deliver Solaris 10 by year's end, one of its key features—"Project Janus"—may be postponed and added next year to a product update due to incompatibility issues with Linux applications.

Project Janus is designed to let Linux applications run on Solaris unmodified. But many Linux binaries have dependencies for native environments already built in and require separate development work for each version, said Glenn Weinberg, vice president of Sun's operating platforms group, in Santa Clara, Calif.
Published Nov 09, 2004 - 11:15 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Open Source Solaris Stalls
Solaris If you were expecting a sneak peak of an open source Solaris or to buy a commercial version next week when it launches, don't hold your breath.

Although Sun Microsystems (Quote, Chart) said it is on track to officially launch Solaris 10, the next generation server operating system, on Nov. 15 at its Network Computing 04Q4 event in San Jose, the products will actually take a bit longer.
Published Nov 03, 2004 - 02:08 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun to launch next version of Solaris on Nov. 15
Solaris Sun Microsystems Inc. will formally launch the next major release of its flagship Solaris operating system at a press event Nov. 15 at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, company officials confirmed Friday. The launch will be part of Sun's quarterly Network Computing product announcement, which is expected to include new product offerings from a variety of Sun's product groups.
Published Nov 01, 2004 - 11:04 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun Lights up Java Desktop on x86
Solaris Sun Microsystems has taken the wraps off a new version of its Java Desktop System (JDS) running on its Solaris OS.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based network computer maker, which made its JDS Release 2 software available this past weekend, said it has now ported the desktop environment to Solaris running Intel and AMD x86-based servers and workstations..
Published Oct 12, 2004 - 06:48 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun Pushes Solaris 10 as Linux Alternative
Solaris For years, Sun Microsystems Inc. ignored Linux or dismissed it as just another Unix variant. But company officials are now talking bluntly about their failure to recognize the corporate IT push to low-cost commodity systems, which Linux has helped foster.

Sun "dropped the ball" while customers rushed to Linux/Intel computing, said John Loiacono, executive vice president of Sun's software group. But with its Solaris 10 upgrade due by year's end, Sun is hoping to change that perception by adding a list of new features and adopting an open-source model that's as good as or better than the models used for Apache, Mozilla Linux and others, Loiacono said.
Published Sep 27, 2004 - 06:24 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Solaris 10 Shines in Early Testing
Solaris The increasing prominence of freely licensed Linux has prompted many to view operating systems in general as a commodity. With Solaris 10, Sun Microsystems hopes to demonstrate that a company's choice of operating system does matter and that the level of innovation Sun has built into Solaris 10 can deliver benefits across a company's infrastructure.
Published Sep 20, 2004 - 12:17 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: 'Open Source Solaris' - coming soon, from Sun
Solaris Sun Microsystems will create an open source project around its Solaris 10 operating system by the end of the year, company executives said on Monday.

Through the initiative, Sun engineers, partners and other programmers will be able to contribute to the development of the Unix operating system. Sun is testing the program right now with customers and will finalise it by the end of the year, according to Mark McClain, Sun's vice president of software marketing.
Published Sep 14, 2004 - 01:00 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Trusted Solaris 8
Solaris Trusted Solaris has been around for a few years longer than SELinux. And, as a complete product rather than a do-it-yourself add-on, it boasts a greater integration level of trusted features than SELinux does. Also, unlike SELinux, which is currently best-suited for server deployments, the access controls in Trusted Solaris extend to the desktop environment.
Published Sep 09, 2004 - 03:46 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun on Track with Solaris-on-Power Plan
Solaris Sun Microsystems Inc.'s plans for bringing its Solaris operating system to IBM's Power architecture appear to be moving along.

Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's president and chief operating officer, first broached the idea of porting the company's version of the Unix operating system onto both Power and Intel Corp.'s 64-bit Itanium architecture last month during a conference call with analysts when announcing Sun's fourth-quarter earnings.
Published Aug 12, 2004 - 11:36 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Solaris 10 will run Linux programs
Solaris The next version of Sun's Unix operating system will be able to run Linux applications in their original form Sun Microsystems will build software into its forthcoming Solaris 10 version of Unix to run Linux applications unchanged. The software, called Project Janus, will work on servers using "x86" chips such as Intel's Xeon and Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron, said Ann Wettersten, Sun's vice president of systems software product marketing.
Published Aug 04, 2004 - 02:03 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun floats Solaris expansion
Solaris The company may run the operating system on Intel's Itanium and IBM's Power chip lines. Sun Microsystems, which has already resurrected its Solaris operating system for one processor architecture, is considering a further expansion to Intel's Itanium and IBM's Power chip families.

Sun floated the Solaris expansion idea during a conference call after reporting on Tuesday a return to revenue growth after 12 quarters of declines. The move happens at the same time Sun is embarked on an effort to bring its Java Enterprise System server software to rival operating systems.
Published Jul 21, 2004 - 02:00 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun staff give birth to 64-bit Solaris on Opteron
Solaris "It's alive!" was the cry issued this week by the Solaris grunts at Sun Microsystems. For the first time, the engineers managed to get a true 64-bit kernel up and running on an Opteron box. This is a key milestone in Sun's ambitious plan to make Solaris a preferred operating system in the x86 world.

The Solaris staffers sent word of their achievement straight to the two-headed monster running Sun - McNwartz.
Published Jul 15, 2004 - 04:15 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun's John Loiacono on Open-Source Solaris
Solaris Why is Sun going to make Solaris available under an open-source model?

If you talk to CIOs about something like Solaris, you know what they say to me? 'Why would you do that? It makes no sense to me.' They say, 'I want mission-critical, reliable, redundant, available, secure. That's what Solaris brings to me. I want that to continue. Open-source means very little to me
Published Jul 12, 2004 - 12:26 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun delivers Unix shocker with DTrace
Solaris DTrace is one of the key additions being made to Sun's flagship operating system in the upcoming release of Solaris 10. And it's one of those rare items that appears to work as billed. The software gives administrators thousands upon thousands of ways to check on a system's performance and then tweak the box while it's still running.

What's unique about DTrace, beyond its ability to be used on production boxes with minimal system impact, is that it can help fix problems from the kernel level on up to the user level.
Published Jul 09, 2004 - 03:41 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun Plans To Open Nearly All Solaris Source Code
Solaris Developers and solution providers might get more than they expect when Sun Microsystems details its plans to make Solaris code open source later this year.

Sources familiar with the company's plans told CRN at JavaOne 2004 that Sun isn't going to simply open up bits and pieces of the millions of lines of code in Solaris, Sun's popular Unix-based operating system. The vendor plans to open nearly all of the operating system's source code, including, "all the rocket science," said one Sun employee who requested anonymity.
Published Jul 08, 2004 - 01:10 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun reveals tidbits of Solaris open source strategy
Solaris Sun Microsystems confirmed Tuesday that it intends to open the source code for its Solaris operating system, but it gave no timetable for such a release. Ann Wettersten, Sun vice president of systems software marketing, said the company wants "to do it right, and not just throw it out there" without some sort of well-thought-out strategy ahead of it.
Published Jun 17, 2004 - 12:22 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun Floats Open Source Solaris, But Is It Any of SCO's Concern?
Solaris Sun Microsystems' self-anointed Open Source Diva, the talkative and intelligent Danese Cooper, admitted in her Divablog the other day that her company has been 'leaking' its plans to open source its Unix System V-based Solaris operating system for years. But not too many people have been paying too much attention. Until now.

Aside to Danese: You want attention? I'll give you attention: Open up Java, then you'll get people to sit up and take notice. But Solaris ... come on...
Published Jun 11, 2004 - 12:05 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: 'Open-source' Solaris Draws Lukewarm Response
Solaris Sun's announcement this week that it plans to make Solaris an 'open-source' operating system has been met with mixed reactions from users and scepticism from open-source advocates.

'I'm totally nonplussed by the announcement,' said Dale Pickford, chief infrastructure officer at Ocwen Technology. Ocwen last year consolidated around 140 servers into several high-end Sun servers running Solaris--one with more than 100 processors.
Published Jun 07, 2004 - 03:55 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun confirms plans to open source Solaris
Solaris "We will open source Solaris." So said Sun Microsystems' president and chief operating officer Jonathan Schwartz at an Asia Pacific press conference in Shanghai today.

"I don't want to say when that will happen. But make no mistake, we will open source Solaris," he declared. The move is a widely anticipated one. Still, what will keep users and the press guessing for now is what form the licensing model of its longstanding server operating system will take as Schwartz refused to elaborate.
Published Jun 02, 2004 - 11:49 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun Unveils Its Next-Generation File System
Solaris Sun Microsystems Inc. this week is planning to give users of its Solaris operating system a sneak peek at the next version and its new file system. Among the many new features of Solaris 10, due by year's end, is the DFS (Dynamic File System)—a 128-bit system that will automate many common tasks for system administrators.

While the DFS, which will be previewed during Sun's Network Computing 04Q2 Webcast, will complement Solaris, some say its development is even more strategic and will buttress Solaris as software partners such as Veritas Software Corp. continue to expand their support for rival operating systems.
Published Jun 01, 2004 - 02:18 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun reveals availability of new Solaris OS
Solaris Sun has today announced the availability of its new Operating System, branded Solaris on a range of AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon-based systems. Sun has got itself 20 platform partners, such as ASA Computers, Pinnacle Data Systems, Portable one and Tokyo Forex Financial.

The Solaris OS will now run on a variety of servers, workstations, notebooks and "other products," which Sun is hoping will let it extend its reach, and find its way into the OS market.
Published May 20, 2004 - 03:44 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun Bundles x86 Solaris Systems for a Song
Solaris During financial statements last week, Sun COO Jonathan Schwartz pointed to Solaris for AMD's Opteron, Intel's Xeon and SPARC processors; the Java platform; and the 64-bit platform, as "some of the industry's most important assets."

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based network computer maker said it will offer annual volume subscription packages in pre-packaged quantities to its to channel and iForce partners.
Published Apr 19, 2004 - 01:39 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Solaris 'Next' Gets Closer to Launch
Solaris While hammering out plans to become compatible with Windows, Sun Microsystems is advancing its own Solaris server operating system.

The Santa Clara, Calif., network computer maker Wednesday released the sixth update to Solaris 9 and previewed pieces of Solaris 10 for developers and partners to test in their systems. Sun has been supplying a steady stream of software builds for the next generation OS on a monthly basis as part of its Solaris Express program. Sun plans to release Solaris 10 later this year.
Published Apr 08, 2004 - 02:04 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun plans Solaris subscription pricing
Solaris In an effort to make its version of Unix compare more favorably to Red Hat's Linux, Sun Microsystems plans in coming weeks to begin selling its Solaris operating system through a subscription model.

Under the plan, a company will pay for Solaris based on a per-employee subscription rate, Jonathan Schwartz, head of Sun's software group, said in an interview here Tuesday. The pricing likely should be available by the end of April, Schwartz said.
Published Apr 01, 2004 - 10:30 AM
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Sun to boost partitioning in Solaris 10
Solaris Sun Tuesday outlined planned improvements for Version 10 of its Solaris operating system, part of its quarterly update of new hardware and software products.

Sun's hardware news - including servers based on a new version of its UltraSparc processor - will likely steal the headlines at a launch event in San Francisco Tuesday afternoon
Published Feb 10, 2004 - 03:08 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun Extends Office Alternative to Solaris x86 Platform
Solaris Sun Microsystems Inc. on Wednesday released a version of its StarOffice 7 office productivity suite for the Solaris x86 platform. StarOffice 7 for the Solaris operating system x86 platform is priced at $79.95 and is available via download.

The software is targeted at those customers wanting an alternative to the Microsoft Windows desktop solution. Today's announcement underscores Sun's continuing commitment to offer customers choice while addressing the growing worldwide demand for alternative desktop solutions
Published Feb 05, 2004 - 10:18 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Sun giving away Solaris for test drives
Solaris Sun Microsystems is giving away copies of its Solaris x86 operating system for evaluation purposes in an effort to get new software into as many hands as possible.

Sun previously charged $20 for evaluation copies of Solaris x86, the version for servers running chips from Intel or Advanced Micro Devices. Starting Dec. 9, Sun eliminated the download price.
Published Dec 19, 2003 - 11:47 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Solaris 10 - What's coming in 2004
Solaris Sun recently confirmed that they will do a full 64-bit port of Solaris to the AMD64 platform. This work started 6 months ago, with a beta expected in spring 2004 and a full release in the summer. Almost certainly, the AMD64 port will start with Solaris 10 - I would expect Solaris 10 to be released for SPARC, x86 and AMD64 on the same day, probably in Q3 2004.

Sun's Opteron systems could ship as early as Q1 2004, with Solaris 9 x86 and AMD64 versions of Red Hat and SuSe. But in the longer run, why would Sun's customers choose Solaris instead of Linux for the Opteron systems
Published Nov 25, 2003 - 02:01 PM
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Enterprise Unix Roundup: Solaris x86 Resurgent, Sun's Side of the Story
Solaris Several weeks ago, we cocked a collective eyebrow at Sun. When executive VP Jonathan Schwartz said 'we do not believe that Linux plays a role on the server. Period,' we didn't have much of a choice.

"Our read on the statement was that it was more than a little hyperbolic, perhaps fueled by bitterness at Linux making lunch meat of Solaris x86.
Published Oct 20, 2003 - 11:42 AM
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300,000 Solaris 9 OS x86 Registered Licenses Fueling Sun Java Enterprise System Momentum
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"On the heels of its landmark Sun Java Enterprise System announcements, Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced more than 300,000 registered licenses of the Solaris 9 Operating System (OS) (x86 Platform Edition) . This volume attests to a surge in customer demand for the secure, reliable and highly performant Solaris OS on a variety of x86 systems, setting the foundation for continued growth and interest in Sun's Java Enterprise System ."
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Published Oct 09, 2003 - 06:32 PM
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