Red Hat had little love for Sun Microsystems on this Valentine's day evening at Boston. By launching Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, the company will keep doing what it has done so successfully over the past years: take away customers from Sun's Solaris.
It is no secret that many Sun users have abandoned the vendor over the past years and bought industry standard servers running Linux on Intel or AMD chips instead.
One analyst claimed that even within Sun's x86 business it's Linux all the way, saying that 80 percent of the Opteron servers Sun ships run the open source operating system.
Sun of course refuses to go down without a fight. So when it launched Solaris 10 last year, it positioned it as the perfect alternative for Linux users longing to buy software from a vendor who actually owns the code. To get more support from the industry and developers, Sun in January release the Solaris source code.
Red Hat isn't impressed: "There is more to open source than just looking at the code," Red Hat senior vice president of Enginering Paul Cormier told vnunet.com.
LinuxWorld Boston will kick off officially on Tuesday, with Novell CEO Jack Messman delivering the opening keynote.
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