Sun Microsystems took the opportunity of the launch of its 64-bit operating system in New York today to indulge in unadulterated Microsoft bashing.
Although all the top Sun executives gathered to talk about version 7 of the Solaris Unix variant, Microsoft and Windows NT were the constant focus, with no meaningful comparisons with Unix competitors.
Nor was the renaming of Solaris 2.7, as version 7.0, explained, although - as critics pointed out - the original name would have left Sun comparing its 2.7 to Unixware 7, HP/UX 11, Windows NT 4.0 and so on.
"Solaris 7 has a full 64-bit architecture running up to 64 processors, there is nothing else like it on the market. Even mainframe class operating systems don't scale with this kind of capacity and capability... and certainly not Windows NT," said Ed Zander, chief operating officer of Sun.
Solaris 7 will be the first fully 64-bit version of the operating system. The company says it is fully backwards compatible with all 32-bit versions and applications and both the Sparc and Intel versions of the operating system are sourcecode compatible.
It claimed that the operating system is easier to install ? it has signed up Installshield to provide the same software that it provides to Microsoft ? and better administration features than before, particularly for NT servers and clients.
However, the company admitted that it was committing zero resources to improve the NT capabilities of its service and support organisation, claiming it wanted to take over systems administration for customers? NT systems but not be capable of supporting them (see later story).
It said Solaris 8.0 ? not due out for up to two years ? would include clustering capabilities written into the kernel of the operating system as part of its Full Moon software development. But analysts have constantly criticised Sun for delays and slow development of clustering technology compared to competitors.
The company showed three anti-Microsoft videos and made a stream of jokes about Bill Gates, Microsoft and Windows NT. It made little comment about its Unix competitors.
A number of independent software vendors committed to the operating system while hardware vendors announced new system tools and performance figures for Solaris running on Intel processors. (see later story).
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