A New Solaris Dawns for Sun Micro
In a push to regain some of its lost luster, Sun Microsystems (SUNW) will take the wraps off Solaris 10, an updated version of its operating system, at an event in San Jose, Calif., on Monday.
The launch of Solaris 10 is significant not just for Sun but industrywide: Solaris is the most commonly deployed commercial version of Unix for servers, more popular than proprietary software from Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and IBM (IBM).
The debut is also a linchpin in the Santa Clara, Calif.-based server and storage marker's efforts to restyle itself from a hardware company to computer systems outfit.
In line with that shift, Sun will provide Solaris 10 for free and make it available on hardware from competing vendors, powered by processors from Intel (INTC) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), in addition to chips from Sun.As part of its effort to boost Solaris, executives said in September that the company will begin
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