Sun Microsystems has finally released software which lets the latest version of its Solaris operating system run Linux applications.
The long-delayed project was first due to be completed at the beginning of the year under the project name Janus, but has now been expanded to include other open-source systems such as FreeBSD and Apple Computer’s Darwin project and renamed BrandZ.
The original Janus technology was dropped from the Solaris 10 release earlier this year when Sun decided to redevelop the software for Solaris Zones, Sun’s virtualised petitioning technology.
BrandZ is expected in time to support Linux distributions including Red Hat and Novell, although licensing issues remain to be resolved.
Sun made Solaris open source in June this year. In August, it established a corporate office dedicated to open source issues, as part of its ongoing drive to become a major player in the open source community.