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Sun broadens Linux backing

Sun Microsystems is to adopt commonly known Linux distributions for deployment on a range of Intel-based systems and will no longer offer its Sun Linux distribution. 

John Loiacono, Sun vice president of operating systems, said the company would soon have arrangements with two or three of the top Linux distributors.

He added that Sun will expand its x86-based hardware arsenal for running Linux. Sun now offers its x86-based LX50 server, which runs Linux or Sun's own Solaris OS. "We will have a portfolio of x86 hardware," said Loiacono. 

Sun's Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of software, hailed Sun's upcoming Project Orion as a way to "sling an arrow through the heart of complexity".

Project Orion is intended to provide for a single package featuring Solaris as well as other Sun products such as the Sun One application, directory and web and portal servers.

Orion, which ships later this year, also will be delivered on Linux. 

Sun will also integrate Orion-based application with the J2ME (Java 2 Platform Micro Edition) platform, which covers consumer systems ranging from smart cards and pagers to set-top boxes, according to Sun.


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