Solaris: Not Just For Desktops Or Servers Anymore?


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Via Sun's Jim Grisanzio, here's a piece at OpenSolaris.org by Daniel P. Dern that suggests there's a place in the market for Solaris-based notebooks:

Solaris 10 launched in January 2005. By April, "Sun had over 1.2 million registered users, and about two-thirds of those--like three-quarters of a million systems--are for the x86-type platform," according to Angel Camacho, senior technical project manager at Sun.

Forty-three percent of the x86/x64 systems listed on Sun's Solaris OS: Hardware Compatibility Lists (HCLs) are laptops. So it's possible, says Camacho, that "there could be several hundred thousand Solaris notebooks by now," although he recognizes that Sun doesn't have a count.

That volume shouldn't be surprising, since notebooks are now the fastest-selling platform in hardware. Dern also writes:

But x86-based notebook computers have historically been mostly creatures of DOS and Windows, especially in terms of pre-installed OSes.

True, there's still information around on installing OS/2 and BSDs. But for whatever reason, Solaris hasn't had a visible presence in the x86/x64 notebook world ... so far.

Now there's a way to make Sun's platform look good: Compare it to OS/2!

To be fair, though, some enterprising system builders are finding new business opportunities in bringing Sun's OSes to desktops and notebooks. B3 Technologies, for one, has been building Windows-less notebooks with the Java OS.

But Sun and its supporters may want to come up with a more creative marketing campaign than, "If you liked your notebooks with OS/2 or BSD, you'll LOVE them with Solaris."

Just a suggestion.

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