What's the Story with Solaris and M$

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Daveway, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. Daveway macrumors 68040


    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.
  2. Twinkie 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.
  3. daveL 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.
  4. AlmostThere macrumors 6502a

    The point is usually that migration to a different system is easier if the end-users have as few changes as possible in interface - keeping documents, menu structure, application shortcuts and such like makes a big difference.

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