Posted Nov 16, 2003 9:07 UTC (Sun) by XERC
In reply to: Sun's Marketing
Parent article: Sun's Linux desktop off to flying start (Register)
They have invested so much into Solaris that going around and telling everyone how
great "Linux" works is probably intolerable for a large part of their organisation. Another
part of Sun knows and accepts that Linux is the future of their marketplace, like it or not.
Well yes, but if they really OWN the Solaris and don't license something into the OS, then have the opportunity to turn Solaris in to open source and free operating system. After all, BSD does pretty well next to Linux, and as Solaris is also one of the UNIX types, it can use many of the existing software and could have a pretty good chanse of becoming a sucessful free operating system. This way the previous investments would not be totally wasted. Does anyone have any use for the old MS-DOS or SCO's UNIX??? If we exclude computer-journalists and other hobbyists or historians, who are intereasted in acient software, then probably nobody misses those operating systems too much.
Not to mention the fact, that Sun would be in a very good position for providing development services for the Solaris operating system, as they have a vast inhouse experience at it.
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