Sun Microsystems plans to release patches to improve the performance of Solaris when it is accessed by Windows-based clients over the Internet.
The performance problems result from Sun's implementation of the TCP/IP protocol in its operating system. It does not operate smoothly with what the hardware supplier refers to as Microsoft's "crude implementation", which is buggy and "doesn't behave well".
Microsoft claimed it had no problems with its implementation of TCP/IP, but the situation has led Sun to tweak its version and will ship the new TCP/IP stack "very soon".
The problem came to light after two independent studies, one by consultants Benchmark Computers and the other by PC Magazine, found Solaris was not performing as well as Sun claimed.
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