The move towards Open Source is undeniable. Virtually unknown 10 years ago, the Open Source darling Linux has risen to become perhaps the most vexing threat ever faced by industry-dominating Microsoft. The growth figures for Open Source are equally rosy, showing growth across all market segments.
The problem is that the majority of the growth isn't coming from stealing Microsoft customers, it's coming from more traditional UNIX vendors like Sun Microsystems. To fight this, Sun president Jonathan Schwartz is employing the old maxim "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em"--Solaris will go Open Source.
"I don't want to say when that will happen," couches Schwartz, "but make no mistake: we will open-source Solaris." Solaris, Sun's flagship operating system, has long been considered one of the most robust and feature-rich UNIX variants around. Solaris is very flexible as well, running equally well on x86-based desktops or huge multiprocessor database servers using UltraSPARC CPUs.
But it could be a case of too little, too late. Linux has the momentum and mindshare, whereas Solaris is viewed as somewhat stodgy and lacking a "cool" factor. But Solaris has one thing Linux has yet to fully gain: unwavering trust from big-iron server buyers. Schwartz goes further by hinting at a more liberal licensing and pricing model for Solaris, saying it would be "significantly less expensive" than offerings from either Microsoft or Red Hat.
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