IBM earlier today launched a Special Interest Area, offering help to sofware vendors in porting applications from Solaris 10 to Linux on x86, Power or IBM mainframes. The programme is as noble as it is selfserving.
IBM claims that Solaris users are starting to have doubts about the long-term viability of the operating system. By helping software developers to switch over to Linux, IBM says it offers them a more stable platform – and in the process sets itself up to sell some of hardware to the Sun refugees.
"We believe that the Linux opportunity is significantly bigger than the Solaris opportunity," said IBM vice president for Linux Scott Handy. "There is no room for a third operating system on x86 [in addition to Windows and Linux]."
Yesterday Red Hat startedthe full frontal assault against Solaris by setting up its new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (REL 4) as the perfect alternative for Solaris users.
But I guess Sun could expect some flack after it started claiming that Solaris 10 is superior to Linux.
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