Sun Vows Commitment to Linux: Page 2

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"By adding the Linux community to the hundreds of thousands of Solaris developers, and the nearly 3 million Java/XML developers, Sun's customers have unified access to the broadest array of innovation in the industry on which to provide services."

Still, Zander and Co. said Sun isn't forging a market shift -- Sun's mission going forward is to make it possible for Linux apps to run on Solaris. Rather, Sun is pursuing a business strategy based on the premise that customers care not about what OS is in a box, but rather what service powers it. This, Zander said, is where the firm's touted Java/XML will come into play.

Sun's current strategy includes:

  • Sun will expand the use of Linux beyond its existing Sun Cobalt appliances extending its "edge" server family to address the demand for low-priced, horizontally scalable servers The company will continue to enhance the Sun Cobalt line of Linux appliances beyond its current eight-inch square "Qube" and 1.75-inch high rack-mountable configurations.
  • Sun will disclose details of its new family of general purpose, low-end Linux servers, including single and multiprocessing systems capable of running the thousands of native Linux and Java applications
  • The Sun Cobalt line will be sold along side Sun's family of Sun Fire and Netra servers running the Solaris operating environment on the SPARC platform
  • Sun is shipping built-in Linux compatibility with Solaris today, enabling it to run Linux applications on any Solaris-based system. It also sculpted a Linux compatibility assurance tool (LinCAT)
  • GNOME will become the preferred desktop for Solaris when GNOME 2.0 begins shipping later this year
  • Sun will provide native support of Linux on SPARC systems for both the telecommunications and embedded markets. companies such as SuSE and Lineo already support Linux native on Sun's SPARC microprocessors
  • Sun will support Linux on its key Sun StorEdge line of storage systems and software

To top it off, Sun will provide Linux-oriented services -- not just code and infrastructure. Sun already released a tool, ABIcheck, to help developers assure compatibility between Linux releases. ABIcheck was ported from Solaris to Linux and released under an open source license.


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