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Sun may sell Ubuntu Linux with servers

Antony Savvas

Sun Microsystems may start selling its enterprise servers equipped with the Linux-based Dapper Drake OS from Ubuntu.

At Sun’s annual JavaOne conference in the US this week, Sun chief executive officer Jonathan Schwartz said he was a big fan of the Ubuntu open source project.

Schwartz Ubuntu was now gaining open source community support from main Linux distributions from the likes of Red Hat and Novell.

Ubuntu project founder Mark Shuttleworth also appeared on stage with Schwartz during his keynote speech at JavaOne, to endorse Java.

Ubuntu is hoping to gain support in the enterprise community with the appearance of its Dapper Drake release next month.

Dapper Drake will run on both 32-bit and 64-bit Intel-based servers, along with other systems, including those running PowerPC chips.

It was also hinted at JavaOne that the OS would run on servers carrying Sun’s Sparc processors.

Shuttleworth asked the JavaOne audience whether they would like to see Ubuntu run on Niagara, which is Sun's multi-core and multi-thread Sparc processor. He got an enthusiastic response.


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