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Solectron Wins Sun Microsystems Puerto Rico Contract

Solectron, a provider of electronics manufacturing and integrated supply chain services, won a multi-year contract from Sun Microsystems for its legacy StorageTek product line. As part of the agreement, Sun will transfer to Solectron the operations at its StorageTek manufacturing facility in Puerto ...

Fujitsu Forms Unix Server Alliance with Sun Microsystems

Fujitsu said the company has formed a strategic alliance with Sun Microsystems in the Unix server business to minimize its exposure to this segment amid the ongoing shift to Linux servers. IDC Japan, a privately-held research firm, recently forecast that domestic sales of Linux servers will account ...

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IBM + Sun: Bad for FOSS?

An assortment of topics made for interesting conversation on the Linux blogs in the past few days, not the least of which was the collection of video contestants that have been posted for the Linux Foundation's "I'm Linux" contest. Close to 100 entries were received in the contest -- now called "We'...

OPINION

Sun-IBM Deal Just Doesn’t Add Up

Someone has floated a trial balloon, through a leak to The Wall Street Journal, that IBM is in "talks" to buy Sun Microsystems for $6.5 billion. The only party that would leak this information is Sun itself, and it smacks of desperation in trying to thwart an unwanted acquisition, or to positively i...

Sun’s JavaFX: Smart Move or Too Much Caffeine?

Taking on the likes of Adobe and Microsoft, Sun Microsystems on Tuesday unveiled its new JavaFX family of products for building rich Internet applications. Based on Sun's longstanding Java platform, JavaFX includes a runtime and a tools suite that Web scripters, designers and developers can use to q...

Sun’s OpenSolaris to Shine Through Amazon’s Cloud

Sun Microsystems and the OpenSolaris community it created a few years ago have officially released the Unix-based OpenSolaris operating system into the wild. The two organizations shared the news at the CommunityOne Developer Conference Monday in San Francisco. OpenSolaris is based on Sun's Solaris ...

Sun Leads Developers Down the Open Storage Path

Sun Microsystems on Tuesday brought new how-to guides and services to the community of more than 3,000 developers using its OpenSolaris-based open storage platform. Two how-to recipes aim to help developers build solid storage systems quickly and efficiently, while the new service capabilities are d...

Sun Takes a Shine to Ubuntu for Servers

Sun Microsystems, one of the largest server makers, announced that it would increase the number of products certified for use with Ubuntu Linux, one of the fastest growing open source operating systems. The upcoming expansion -- which is expected to be detailed in the coming days -- is the latest de...

OPINION

Microsoft, Sun Taking the Right Interop Path

What a nut I was. Back when Sun Microsystems and Microsoft announced they would be joining forces on interoperability between Sun, nee Java, and .NET -- remember Steve Ballmer of "Ballmer and Butthead" fam] and Scott McNealy sitting side by side -- I thought they meant it. I pushed the envelope, jus...

Sun Gets Desktop Virtualization Chops With Innotek Buy

Sun Microsystems is acquiring Germany-based virtualization software provider Innotek and, with it, its increasingly popular open source x86 virtualization product VirtualBox. The deal comes on the heels of Sun's recent purchase of open source database developer MySQL for $1 billion. VirtualBox enabl...

Sun Blazes Path to Hybrid Software Stack With MySQL Buy

Sun Microsystems has announced plans to acquire MySQL, maker of the popular MySQL database system, for $1 billion. Sun -- long a proponent and developer of open source systems -- agreed to pay $800 million in cash and assume liability for $200 million in stock options. The deal likely won't be compl...

Sun Adds New Twinkle to StarOffice, OpenOffice

Sun Microsystems on Monday plans to announce several key enhancements to its StarOffice and OpenOffice.org office productivity software suites. StarOffice 8 and the corresponding open version, OpenOffice.org 2.3, have both been updated with a variety of new features, including the ability to edit fo...

Sun Opens T2 Processor to Spur Developer Interest

Sun Microsystems on Tuesday made good on its promise to deliver its OpenSPARC T2 register transfer level processor design to the free and open source community using the GNU General Public License. The OpenSPARC T2 is the open version of Sun's UltraSPARC T2, a processor that features eight cores and...

Dell Suns Itself With Solaris

Sun Microsystems and Dell have put aside their longstanding rivalry and teamed up to offer business customers Sun's Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris operating systems preloaded on Dell's PowerEdge servers. The joint announcement Wednesday at Oracle's OpenWorld conference in San Francisco follows a similar...

Red Hat Looks to Sun to Crank Up Application Heat

Red Hat has signed a pair of agreements with Sun Microsystems that will help put the open source company on the fast track to delivering a more complete end-to-end application development and runtime stack for its Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers. Red Hat has been heading in this direction for a w...

Sun Charts 4th Profitable Quarter, Sets Sights on Growth

Sun Microsystems announced modest increases in revenue and profit for its first quarter of 2008 and said continuing the growth remains its "top priority" for the rest of the year. The company, now in its 25th year, reported first-quarter net income of $89 million, which equates to 3 cents per share....

Sun Lures Developers With GlassFish Release

Sun Microsystems is stepping up its rebranding mission as the Java company, throwing off its workstation cloak in exchange for an identity as the vendor of powerful systems and tools for developers. Sun on Monday announced the immediate availability of its GlassFish V2 application server, an open so...

Will Sun Rise on a Linux-ized OpenSolaris?

Sun Microsystems is facing a mixed bag of challenge and opportunity with its OpenSolaris and Project Indiana open source efforts. At the bottom of the so-called mixed bag, Sun sees an opportunity to leverage a community of enthusiasts to develop, test and help deliver new solutions for enterprise-le...

OPINION

Sun’s ‘Pay as You Drink’ Service

Before the end of the year, Sun Microsystems will follow the lead of Amazon and Microsoft in providing a "pay as you drink" applications hosting service that provides a lifecycle approach to new Web application development and deployment. In addition to announcing JavaFX Script, a lightweight progra...

Sun May Release OpenSolaris Under GPL

Sun Microsystems is considering the possibility of releasing OpenSolaris, the open source version of its Solaris operating system, under the latest version of the GNU GPL, the primary free software license. Up to now, OpenSolaris has been offered only under the Common Development and Distribution Li...

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