From the InfoWorld story about Sun OEMing Windows Server with the Sun Fire server line for customers that want to use Windows.

“The Sun Fire servers already support Windows Server, along with Red Hat Linux, Novell’s Suse Enterprise Linux, VMware’s ESX virtualization system, and Sun’s own Solaris operating system, according to Lisa Sieker, vice president of marketing at Sun Systems.

Asked if Sun’s latest alliance shows its intent to compete more directly with Linux and VMware, Sieker said, “We are responding to strong customer demand for this…. It’s a complex marketplace out there.””

So very true, it is a complex marketplace out there. Simplifying the marketplace to “…oss is the right answer in all occasions” really minimizes the prevalence of heterogeneous environments and needs that customers have.

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