On Thu, 2002-01-10 at 22:50, Niall O Broin wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 10, 2002 at 02:20:57PM -0000, Matthew French wrote:
>> > I really doubt Linux had much to do with the demise of Solaris x86. The real
> > problem would be the difficulty of developing device drivers for Solaris.
>> That's the big problem of course as I know to my cost - I have Sol8 on my
> Inspiron 8000 but I can only use it via a serial console or over the net
> because it has a problem with the keyboard controller chip. However, Sun
> wanted to be there to compete with M$ where Intel hardware was going to be
> used, at a time when the choice on Intel hardware was M$, SCO or Novell.
> Then along came the Finnish Swede upstart and took a lot of that mindset and
> Sun is left carrying the can for Solaris 8 updates for a much smaller slice
> of the pie. AND there's no doubt that Linux was what caused Solaris to
> become free (as in beer) for machines with 8 or less processors which is
> most of the Intel installed base so Sun's revenue from Solaris IA sales,
> never huge, dwindled further.
surely that's the whole of the Intel base, as 8 way is as much as Xeon's
go (with a hack to allow two by 4 processor groups to coexist)
I always found Solaris on Intel to be slower, and more memory hungry
than Linux. I also hated the fact that you either had to set
or compile with -R because there's no /etc/ld.so.conf
(and there's no point telling me how to do it, I don't have a machine to
run solaris x86 on now (unless that P75 would feel like it.. nope, I
think that would be insane))
Maintained by the ILUG website team. The aim of Linux.ie is to
support and help commercial and private users of Linux in Ireland. You can
display ILUG news in your own webpages, read backend
information to find out how. Networking services kindly provided by HEAnet, server kindly donated by
Dell. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds,
used with permission. No penguins were harmed in the production or maintenance
of this highly praised website. Looking for the
Indian Linux Users' Group? Try here. If you've read all this and aren't a lawyer: you should be!