What's the Story with Solaris and M$


macrumors 68040
Original poster
Jul 10, 2004
New Orleans / Lafayette, La
I recently demoed a Sun workstation with Solaris 10 on it. I don't know much about it but it looked almost exactly like Windows XP. Is sun and Microsoft in a licensing agreement. What's the story.


macrumors regular
Feb 9, 2005
Milford, MI
You probably just saw a Windows-like windowmanager running on Solaris.

That's something about the open source zealots that have always puzzled me... for people so rabidly anti-Microsoft, they sure try hard to emulate the Windows desktop.


macrumors 68020
Jun 18, 2003
Solaris 10 on x86, I take it. That's the Linux Desktop System, update 3. The whole idea is not to freak out Windows users, thus the XP desktop theme. You can customize it, if you want; it doesn't have to look that way.

Nothing dramatic going on between Sun and M$. M$ simply agreed to license Java and stop adulterating it. Sun and M$ agreed to work together on interoperable Web services standards. Nothing sinister is going on.
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