By David Clack on Nov 02, 2008
So the answer to the question "What is a Solaris x86 OEM?"
IBM, DELL, Fujitsu/Siemens and Intel are Solaris X86 OEM's.
They sell there hardware with our Solaris X86 software, we both work together to make sure that Solaris X86 works on the platform.
In IBM and DELL's case the customer calls Sun for software support.
In most cases anyone who wants to sell Solaris X86 bundled with there hardware can sign an OEM contract with Sun.
Sun gets software revenue when the OEM ships product.
They can support the software themselves or sign a support agreement with Sun.
I test Solaris X86 and OpenSolaris on hardware from our OEM's. specialty hardware like BlueWonder and hardware I think is going to be the next big thing, like the Acer Aspire One.