Sun Expands Linux, Open-Source Offerings

The Unix systems maker now offers seven products in the Sun ONE family on Linux.

Sun Microsystems Inc. Wednesday announced an array of new products at LinuxWorld, not the least of which is the availability of the Sun ONE Application Server 7 and Sun ONE Directory Server 5.1 on Linux.

At the show in New York, the Santa Clara, Calif., Unix systems maker added to its software stack, now offering seven products in the Sun ONE family on Linux, including Sun ONE Web Server 6, Sun ONE Active Server Pages, Sun ONE Studio4, Sun ONE Grid Engine and the enterprise edition of the grid engine. Sun also said it would deliver Linux versions of its Sun ONE Portal Server, Sun ONE Identity Server, Sun ONE Calendar Server and Sun ONE Messaging Server within this year.

Sun also announced a contribution to the open-source community with the contribution of its Grid Engine Portal portlet technology to the Grid Engine Project. The technology, which integrates Suns grid engine software with Suns portal server technology, provides an open-source code base to access grid resources via a portal. Sun officials said there have been more than 6,500 grids deployed since July 2000 based on the Sun ONE Grid Engine software.

Meanwhile, Sun teamed with Boston-based Ximian Inc. to deliver the Sun ONE Evolution Connector. This jointly produced solution delivers integration between Linux and Solaris desktops through the open-source Evolution e-mail and calendaring workgroup application—which, through Ximians expertise, enables users to collaborate with Windows-based machines, the companies said.

In addition, Sun announced that its Mad Hatter desktop solution for Linux is scheduled to enter beta testing this spring and will be generally available this summer. The Mad Hatter project is based on open-source technology and open standards, including GNOME, Mozilla and StarOffice, Sun officials said.