Enterprise Unix Roundup: 2004, the Year of the Ferment
I’ve been reading prior articles from Michael, and it’s nice to see that it looks like he is coming to the belief that we are not to be written off yet. In fact the title for the portion on Sun is “Sun: Not Dead, Maybe Even Renewing Itself“.
He’s also become far less skeptical about the Open Sourcing of Solaris, although there still appears to be the feeling that we are going to “… keep firm control over the OS”. Being involved in the pilot and seeing the direction in which we are going convinces me otherwise, but I guess we’ll just have to let the community and the press draw their own conclusions once the license is announced and the Open Sourcing formally launched.
I think that the final paragraph is worth quoting.
In the end, although Sun’s two most positive actions this year were its push to stress the technical merits of Solaris (with an attendant promise to focus on its neglected Solaris x86), and its partnership with AMD to x86 hardware to market. The former means Unix on the whole will continue to move forward, and the latter represents good timing on Sun’s part, as Intel’s Itanium founders in the face of AMD’s Opteron assault.