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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:27 am 
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http://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/03/31/0141208/Solaris-No-Longer-Free-As-In-Beer

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:50 am 
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sad ... :(
It seems to be a tendency for companies that buy others, completely altering the business model.
In this case, I think it is bad for the users community, since removed from the market a free unix, which was excellent competition from Linux

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:24 am 
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cryz wrote:
It seems to be a tendency for companies that buy others, completely altering the business model.


often the company that is being bought is in that predicament preciously because it's business model was wrong. if so, then you must expect that the business model will change under new management.

business's give products and services away in order to make more money, not for altruistic reasons. Sun gave away certain aspects of it's Operating systems in order to grow the server business. Oracle does not want to grow the server business, it wants to sell more Oracle. Therefore, Oracle will not continue to make Solaris free for the taking anymore.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:26 am 
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Not a surprise as skywriter points out Oracle has it's own model that it will follow. I assume they will focus development on making solid vertical database installs. The Solaris market will shrink again but they might get it to support itself. humdeedum still need to draw up some migration plans for 2011-2012 :)

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:39 pm 
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Glad I grabbed a copy of Sol9 while I could!

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 2:21 pm 
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9's been pretty much phased out anyway

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:03 pm 
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It took Slashdot this long to find this out? It's been that way for over a week if I recall.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:36 pm 
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9 was taken down months ago.

I know, because I grabbed it literally 2 days before it was taken down.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:14 am 
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Hmm I can still download the SPARC DVDs and CDs... No problem there. However I do have an account that I created some years ago....

Strange. I'll doubt that they'll let down their existing clients.. That will be a futile move..


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Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:17 am 
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D-EJ915 wrote:
9's been pretty much phased out anyway

I know, but it runs so much better on my U5 than 10 does.

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I called it.
When they axed OpenSolaris, I knew Solaris was next on the block for something.


...then again, I think everyone knew this was going to happen eventually. :?

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pentium wrote:
I called it.
When they axed OpenSolaris, I knew Solaris was next on the block for something.


...thena gain, I think everyone knew this was going to happen aventually. :?


once Oracle bought Sun it was clearly an obvious possibility.

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Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:30 am 
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pentium wrote:
I called it.
When they axed OpenSolaris, I knew Solaris was next on the block for something.


...thena gain, I think everyone knew this was going to happen aventually. :?


Oracle hasn't officially axed Opensolaris yet. Right now they're lukewarm in their support of it.

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Are you guys sure that this isn't an an april fools joke?


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Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:23 am 
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The license on the website was changed to the 90-day evaluation and then you have to either buy hardware from Sun/Oracle (would that be Soracle?) or support well before April 1st (weeks). Besides, my guess is that Oracle doesn't have a sense of humor (similar to IBM).

You could see the way this was going earlier, too. My guess is that Oracle was behind the cancelling of Rock as well ("by the way, Scott, could you please make sure that we wouldn't have any "commitments" that would get embarassing if we had to cancel them after telling the world that we were committed to SPARC?")

Sun did OpenSolaris and Solaris/free to sell support and servers. Oracle (as has been said) isn't nearly as interested in taking on financial liabilities to build operating system or hardware market share, especially given that SPARC wasn't gaining much in the way of market share over the past few years.

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