kurkosdr wrote:Can i ask some more things?
1) Will Solaris 11 boot on Sun Ultra 1500/2500 and Sun Ultra 25/45? When i first read this topic i assumed not, but then i thought it might boot but "not be officially supported", which is still sad news, bad not as much as not being able to boot at all.
2) Programmers who want a desktop system with binary compatibility with sparc big iron are going to be pissed in case Solaris 11 doesn't boot on sparc workstations, right? Is Elison trying to kill sparc?
3) Will Solaris 11 code be released as OpenSolaris? If so, and in case Solaris 11 doesn't boot on sparc workstations, it can be fixed by the community, right?
(1) don't know. Someone will have to get the software and try it out. It's not "supported", though, so it could go either way.
(2) Oracle is trying to maximize their return on their investments. Programmers will have to connect remotely to a server or cross-compile. Keep in mind this is the way that it's always been done on Crays, and the way it's usually done on many other architectures. Oracle will kill SPARC if the business case for a dead SPARC beats the business case for a live one, but obsoleting not-that-old machines seems more like a "we're trying to get you to buy new ones" approach rather than "we're getting rid of this".
(3) Some probably will, but Oracle has said that under no circumstances will the code be released before the relevant version of commercial Solaris. Note that any of their policies can change.