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Mon Jan 18 15:18:11 CST 2010
Dave McGuire wrote:
> On Jan 17, 2010, at 11:14 PM, William Donzelli wrote:
>>> I was talking about "new personal computers", not cellphones, PDAs,
>>> servers, gaming consoles or derivatives thereof.
>> Servers...beyond POWER and x86, what is there? Alpha and MIPS are
>> dead, the Unisys architectures are emulated, Itanium is stillborn, and
>> SPARC is on life support (with Larry reaching for the plug).
> You're right about Alpha, Mips, and Itanium, but you're badly
> misinformed about SPARC. It is neither on life support, nor is Larry
> reaching for the plug. In fact, he has publicly stated that SPARC
> development will be *increasing*.
The sad fact - and I currently admin more than a couple of Solaris
servers - Sun is doing everything in its power to alienate its customers
and become a casualty in the UNIX wars.
Solaris 10 is a misbegotten joke, and Sun has changed the roadmap for
the next version too many times for anyone to trust its placement in any
large deployment. SXCE is dead as stone, and OpenSolaris is just Fedora
with a different kernel and really shitty admin tools.
As far as hardware goes, Fujitsu just might save SPARC, but if they
do it will be in spite of Sun & Oracle. As stands today, in terms of
raw processing power, scalability, power/thermal management, and sane OS
development, SPARC is 10 years behind POWER with no clear means of
closing the gap.
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