Sun Microsystems is to revive the Intel version of its flagship Solaris operating system eight months after it killed it off in the face of adverse economic conditions.
The company will be offering Solaris 8.0 on Intel from September, and will make the x86 version of Solaris 9 available from early next year.
The offering will be available on its Intel-based Cobalt LX 50 server, known as 'Big Bear', which is being launched at LinuxWorld this week. Sun's own Linux offering will also be made available for the Big Bear x86 hardware.
Sun said that it will synchronise the updates for Solaris 9 between Intel and Sparc, and will keep both platforms in step for version 10 and any future releases.
The LX50 hardware will be targeted at edge computing tasks such as file and print caching.
The announcement marks an about turn for Sun, which made the decision to ditch Solaris on Intel back in December.
The company said at the time that it needed to concentrate more on its bottom line and "focus on immediate revenue wherever possible".
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