Users have persuaded Sun Microsystems to re-examine its decision to put off the release of its upcoming Solaris 9 operating environment on the Intel platform.
Sun initially said Solaris 9 would be available only for SPARC-based Sun servers, with no current plans to release Solaris 9 for Intel-based servers. Sun said that if there is customer demand for Solaris 9 on Intel, it could start development.
A representative group of the most active users of Solaris on Intel, called the Secret Six, were elected on the newsgroup discussion boards to meet with Sun.
The group attempted to convince Sun to reactivate downloads of Solaris 8 on Intel's x86 architecture and to revive efforts for Solaris 9 on Intel.
"Since my last status report there have been interactions between the Secret Six and me on crafting proposals which are being considered by senior execs in Sun," wrote Graham Lovell, director of product marketing for Solaris at Sun, in a discussion board posting.
"While I cannot yet reveal the content of those proposals, they are targeted at greater community/customer involvement with the Solaris x86 product."
But John Groenveld, one of the participants in the discussion board postings, on the Solaris-on-Intel internet newsgroup, wrote on April 19 that Sun's management still doesn't get that the user community can be a partner as well as customers.
"Solaris x86 is just a symptom of larger problems. The goal should be to address the specific symptom and get Solaris 9 x86 announced and, more importantly, solve those larger problems," Groenveld said.
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