By Jim Connors on Mar 24, 2009
Today truly marks a milestone in the history of Solaris for the x86/x64 platform. One of the most ubiquitous applications, Adobe Reader (notably Acrobat), is now available on [Open]Solaris for both Sparc and x86.
It's been a long time coming, one argument for the lack of Solaris x86 support till now was that [Open]Solaris didn't have the critical mass. That's a hard one to swallow for the following reasons:
- There's been a Solaris Sparc version for a long time. Solaris x86 downloads outnumber Sparc downloads by a large factor.
- Versions for AIX and HP-UX, which have a significantly smaller installed base, are available. Maybe IBM and HP payed a lot of money for this?
- Until recently there were versions even for the likes of OS/2 and UnixWare.
Perhaps open source alternatives are becoming good enough to pose a threat? Whatever the reason, we welcome the arrival of Acrobat Reader and Adobe's change of heart.
You can get your copy here.