A Machine For All (Operating) Systems
By nilsn on Sep 12, 2005
In my earlier fit of crankiness I forgot to mention why I was looking at the Network Computing page at all: today we officially rolled out our new line of Opteron Servers. I first saw one of these systems hidden away in a lab near the Solaris engineers' offices last year, and I've been dying to get them into customers' hands since then. I'm a software guy, so bits of metal don't generally grab me, but these boxes blew me away. It's amazing how much power they squeezed into such a tiny space.
One complaint really stood out though:
The biggest problem I foresee for Sun in competing with Dell is simple, Suns don't run Windows and they don't run Linux. [...]
But back to that Windows thing, it's nice to be able to take a Dell and repurpose it from being a Linux system to a Windows system or vice versa. [...] If I buy a bunch of shiny new Suns not only am I locked into Solaris (which is painful to use after working on Linux for so many years) but I'm also locked into that hardware.
Others have already started to show this poster the error of his ways, but I hope this isn't a common misconception. These new machines are capable of running Solaris, Linux, or Windows 2003 Server. Obviously I think you should be running Solaris but neither I, nor the people who designed this system, are going to tell you you have to be running Solaris.
[Updated: I originally said the new servers support Windows XP. They actually support Windows 2003 Server. Thanks to Manish Kapur for the correction.]