FYI

I apologize if you don't want to see this, but I do know this will be of
interest to quite a few
of you.  Sun will begin shipping x86 based machines running Linux, and will
begin
contributing to the Linux kernel.   This is good news for many people, you
can get high-quality, but fast x86 hardware (likely AMD), and Sun can bring
a more professional approach to Linux and solve some of it's stability, NFS,
and other problems.  

This is either a response to the uproar over the end of Solaris x86,
believe me there was an uproar, or this was the plan all along.


>  -----Original Message-----
> From:         Robert Mullenax  
> Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2002 9:55 AM
> To:   John Bonura; Mark Chambers; Devin Eyre; Will Wagner
> Cc:   Kyle Tupin
> Subject:      
> 
> 
> http://www.sun.com/2002-0206/linux/;$sessionid$C30G3BRUN5ZKPAMTA1LU4GQ
> 
> See the link above..the real reason Sun stopped Solaris x86..they are
> embracing Linux for the low-end
> AND will be selling their own x86 based machines (likely AMD) by mid-year:
> 
> 
> "Sun will ship for the first time a full implementation of Linux on a new
> line of general-purpose servers aimed at providing "edge" services to
> environments such as workgroups and remote offices. New single- and
> multiprocessor systems, to be announced mid-year, will use the x86
> architecture and be capable of running thousands of Linux applications
> natively."
> 
> Also it appears they will actually try to get Linux up to Sun standards:
> 
> *     Today, Sun released an application development tool, ABIcheck, to
> the Open Source community; the tool helps ensure compatibility between
> Linux releases. 
> *     In the future, Sun will offer contributions to the Linux kernel. 
> *     Sun will expand its partnerships with the Linux community to provide
> native support of Linux on SPARC systems for both the telecommunications
> and embedded markets. Companies such as SuSE and Lineo support Linux
> native on Sun's SPARC microprocessors today. 
> *     Lineo will adapt and support Lineo's Embedix embedded Linux
> operating system on UltraSPARC[tm] processor-based end user-developed
> custom hardware. 
> *     Sun will support its Linux products with a rich set of support and
> professional services. 
> *     Sun will support Linux on its key StorEdge[tm] line of storage
> systems and software. 
> *     GNOME, the most advanced Linux user environment, will become the
> preferred desktop for Solaris when GNOME 2.0 begins shipping later this
> year. 
> 
> 
> Robert Mullenax
> Weather Systems Administrator
> Universal Weather and Aviation
>