Sun Microsystems has extended the reach of its Solaris 9 Operating System x86 Platform Edition, certifying an additional 100 hardware platforms to run it.
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The company also added 100 new components to its Hardware Compatibility List, which can be found at http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/hcl.
Sun also introduced a Hardware Certification Test Suite, which hardware and system suppliers, as well as integrators, can use to self-certify x86 products for the operating system.
After saying it would not release Solaris 9 for systems based on the Intel x86 chip architecture, last October Sun said it would ship a version of Solaris 9 for x86 both for its own platforms and sold separately from its own hardware. Licences are priced starting at $99.
Sun's website lists five x86 desktop or server systems, three of them made by Sun, as "Sun Certified", and nine third-party systems as "Test Suite Certified." Two third-party laptops are "Test Suite Certified."
The site also lists peripherals, sound cards, network adapters and other system components as certified to work with the OS.
Stephen Lawson writes for IDG News Service