Solaris patches and Solaris Express

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at
Mon Nov 21 23:08:36 GMT 2005

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>To: Ted Mittelstaedt
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>kayo.granillo at; J.D. Bronson
>Subject: RE: Solaris patches and Solaris Express

>> I never understood why anyone would go to Solaris 10 unless they had a
>> 64 bit processor and compiled all their apps under a 64 bit compiler.
>> Sun
>> didn't either, which is why they originally didn't come out with a
>> Solaris x86
>> version of Solaris 10  They only came out with it after much
>Probably they want to get a foot into the workstation market. Of
>course their Java Desktop's performance and stability is
>disgusting now, but if they manage to activate some kind of
>community around OpenSolaris, it will become a nice working
>enviroment within two years or so - see and

Only problem with that is that Star Office met a severe need (the need
UNIX desktops to be able to deal with Microsoft's nasty file formats)
when there wasn't anything else out there, but we have several choices
for workstations now, it will be a lot harder to get a group coalesced.

Kind of like the 6000 pound Apache gorilla has pretty much caused any
other open source http server effort to remain stunted, at least in terms
of market penetration.  People patch Apache rather than reinvent the


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