Disgruntled Solaris x86 Users Turn Up Heat on Sun
Sun's refusal to release Solaris 9 for non-Sun x86 hardware could backfire and drive developers and users to Linux or even Microsoft Corp. platforms.Sun Microsystems Inc.s refusal to release Solaris 9 for non-Sun x86 hardware could backfire and drive developers and users to Linux or even Microsoft Corp. platforms, users said. Disgruntled x86 community developers and customers charge that Suns refusal to reach a compromise is effectively making their investments in non-Sun x86 hardware obsolete. Supporters are so irked by Suns intransigence that last week they placed an open letter in The Mercury News, of San Jose, Calif., accusing Sun Chairman, President and CEO Scott McNealy of taking the developer community for granted.
"Sun has now obsoleted [my] x86 hardware investment," Al Hopper, president of Logical Approach Inc., of Plano, Texas, told eWeek last week. Hoppers company bought several dual-processor x86 systems from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. last year. "We cant afford to scrap our hardware infrastructure just because Sun decides [Solaris on x86] wasnt a viable product or that they could make more money elsewhere."