Cringely says:

Cheap Intel and AMD hardware running Linux is going to kill Sun unless the company does something so stop it, which they aren't.

Funny. I've been saying that for a few years now. I don't know how blind Sun can be, but they're really bad about seeing the writing on the wall. It's in neon 10-foot tall letters for god's sake!

I'm beginning to think that the LX50 I reviewed last year was less a sign of Sun finally getting it and more a last ditch attempt by the remaining Cobalt folks to keep Sun relevant.

Posted by jzawodn at February 13, 2003 11:45 PM

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# darminus said:

I agree, Linux is becoming more and more popular, and stable, on the cheap hardware. And for companies making the switch, Linux is the cheap(est) alternative. Sun might not be getting it anymore, but who's to think they ever really did? Seems Linux , and Open Source for that matter, is starting to make impacts on more and more things, as time goes by.

on February 14, 2003 01:59 AM
# kasia said:

Nice groaner of a title :)

I'm not sure sun has yet gotten over the dot-com boom when "Oh, we run sun hardware" was the phrase of the day.

Is anyone actually buying new non-post-dot-com-auction sun hardware anymore?

on February 14, 2003 05:21 AM
# Basil Hussain said:

Heh, this is amusing.

Our division is doing the opposite. We're having our web hosting moved from in-house on Linux servers to external managed hosting on Sun Solaris servers.

It's part of some grand global hosting consolidation plan designed to reduce costs and centralise management of web services, according to the grand masters at HQ. (Well, that's what the cheesy PowerPoint slides said.)

The fact we'll lose a lot of flexibility, all of us will have to learn new skills for Solaris and the fact it doesn't actually work out cheaper in our case, is of course by the wayside...

on February 14, 2003 06:51 AM
# BDKR said:

This is so correct. A lot of people have been considering this. Cheap hardware and free OS's that can both get the job are spreading like snowcrash!

I read something about that N1 stuff yesterday. It sounded a lot like hot air on top and LVS at the foundation. In other words, what I was able to filter out of the chortling about vaporware sounded a bit like an open source cluster scheme made grand and regal (if I got this wrong, please explain to me what they're getting at). All I could think is "My company is doing this for free!"

Yeah, Sun does need to get it together.


on February 14, 2003 10:43 AM
# Kenneth said:

Basil: that your company is moving to a hosted Solaris solution isn't necessarily the salvation of Sun. After all a lot of deck chairs were on the Titanic when it went down. I'd recommend you document your opposition to the move, and have a continuity of business plan in place if the hosting provider doesn't work out, say suddenly.

I've looked at Sun's equipment off and on, and the only thing interesting lately, is the discussion of x86 based server blades. There is a possibility they'll choose something other than Intel and that's where it gets interesting. Will it be AMD, Transmeta or Via?

on February 14, 2003 12:15 PM
# Dave Smith said:

There's also a (very) small but growing (slowly) option that undercuts Intel and AMD. I just replaced on old P133 home server with a small VIA EPIA Mini-ITX system (on-board video, sound, and LAN; low-power i586-compatible C3 chip), and saved at least $100 over the nearest Intel/AMD option. It runs RH8 without complaint.

on February 15, 2003 01:13 PM
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