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Sun Solaris 10 download for free
Sun Microsystems is making the latest version of the Solaris operating system available for free. Sun is offering Solaris 10 as a free download for those who register. Support is however limited to security fixes when released. Other
forms of support will require entering into a technical support contract with Sun.
Also included in this development is an attempt is the building of an open-source community that will join forces with Sun to develop the software. Sun believes that the free offer and the open source concept will attract more to the Solaris environment. In addition the OpenSolaris project hopes to provide full source code in the second quarter of 2005.
Solaris 10 is developed to protect Sun's market share in the Operating system market through effective competition with Linux, Windows and Unix products from IBM and Hewlett Packard. It remains to be seen how Solaris and other Unix systems will be able to compete with Linux, which is expected to grow at a rapid rate in the coming years. See Linux growth and developments.
To also enhance the compteintiveness of Solaris enhancements Solaris 10 includes: Support for 64-bit x86 processors, Solaris Containers, which allow the subdivision of the operating system, Dynamic Tracing, Zettabyte File System, Janus - the Linux Application Environment, project FireEngine, predictive self-healing and process rights management.
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April 3, 2008
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