In one of his signature jabs at the competition, Sun Microsystems president and COO Jonathan Schwartz throws a few well aimed punches at IBM on his blog in an open letter to the company's CEO Sam Palmisano.
IBM, so claims Schwartz, is withholding support for Solaris 10 for WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli, Rational and MQSeries products because it wants to maintain its vendor lock-in. "A strategy to trap them into IBM's proprietary Power5 platform only," writes the Sun executive.
That doesn't mean the company isn't holding back support for Solaris 10 for competitive reasons, but calling IBM's decision to do so an effort to create vendor lock-in goes too far.
Schwartz's open letter comes on the eve of Sun opening the source code of Solaris 10. In an exclusive interview with vnunet.com, the executive said last week that he expects the Solaris source code to be released "hopefully by the end of this month".
Sun has scheduled a teleconference to offer "an update on the company's Solaris open source initiative" (quote from the invitation) for tomorrow (Tuesday 25 January). Many expect that to be the official announcement of Sun's release of its operating system.
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