Sun Microsystems has completed its port of the fledgling Linux operating environment to Sun's UltraSparc 64-bit architecture, and will add Linux compatibility to Sun's Solaris operating system, the company has announced.
Linux for UltraSparc can be downloaded for free from sites listed at sun.com/products-n-solutions/promotions.html.
To make Solaris and Linux compatible, Sun first will develop a set of Linux-Solaris compatible APIs, and then take on the more complex work of binary compatibility, according to Brian Croll, director of marketing for Solaris at Sun. This compatibility will enable dual boots of Linux and Solaris on the same system, as well as compatible drivers for the two platforms.
Croll said development will be completed no earlier than 2000.
Linux fits well with Sun's strategy, Croll said. The renegade operating system's development approach hearkens back to Sun's early days as a Unix proponent, Croll added.
"We'll let the Linux market go where it wants to go. We'll adapt to any Linux standards that evolve," Croll said.
Sun Microsystems Inc., in Palo Alto, California, can be reached at (800) 786-0404 or www.sun.com.