Sun acquires Montalvo

Posted by Mike on Apr 24, 2008

According to this article from, Sun has purchased a start-up named Montalvo. The acquired company is known for developing low-power, multiple core chip for portable computers. Additionally, the chip is compatible with current software developed for Intel and AMD processors.

Solaris On Demand program launched

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 23, 2008

Sun has launched its Solaris On Demand program, which provides the technology, infrastructure, hosting, and services needed for software developers to offer their products as a service.

Wind River to port Carrier Grade Linux to UltraSPARC T2

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 16, 2008

Sun and Wind River Systems have announced that Wind River Systems will be porting its Carrier Grade Linux suite and development tools to work on Sun’s UltraSPARC T2 processor.

Sun introduces MySQL Workbench

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 16, 2008

Sun has introduced MySQL Workbench, a visual database design and modeling tool. Currently available for Microsoft Windows, future releases are planned for Linux and Mac OS X.

The software is available in two versions – a free open source Community Edition, and a $99 commercial Standard Edition that includes support.

Sun releases MySQL 5.1

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 15, 2008

Sun has announced the release and pending general availability of MySQL 5.1, along with the MySQL Certified Storage Engine Program that enables storage engine developers to certify that their implementations have been tested and are compatible with MySQL.

Sun and Fujitsu release UltraSPARC T2 Plus-based systems

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 10, 2008

Sun and Fujitsu have released the SPARC Enterprise T5140 and SPARC Enterprise T5240, both based around the “System-on-a-chip” UltraSPARC T2 Plus microprocessor.

OpenBSD now supports the UltraSPARC T1

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 3, 2008

OpenBSD now supports the UltraSPARC T1 processor according to this post by Mark Kettenis on the openbsd-announce mailing list:

Yesterday I committed the last bit of code to support machines with
Sun’s UltraSPARC T1 CPUs. Below is a dmesg for the SPARC Enterprise
T1000, and although other machines have not been tested yet, machines
like the SPARC Enterprise T2000 and Sun Blade T6300 are expected to
work too. As you can see, we support SMP right from the start.

All this is included in a standard OpenBSD/sparc64 kernel. Snapshots
with UltraSPARC T1 support are now available at and
its mirrors. It would be great if people could try these snapshots on
a few more UltraSPARC T1 machines.

LDOM support is not yet complete; I’m still working on drivers for
virtual network interfaces and virtual disks. But domains with access
to real hardware should work fine.

UltraSPARC T2 machines are not yet supported, but hopefully that’ll
change soon.

Sun wants it back. All of it.

Posted by Bill Bradford on Apr 1, 2008

As seen on Jonathan Schwartz’s weblog:

But now that we’ve firmly established our reputation for open source leadership, I’m very worried there’s no more controversy to be had. There’s too much trust in the system, and too much clarity around our strategic intent. So it’s getting tougher and tougher to kick up a storm – and we can’t very well spend a billion dollars or change our ticker symbol every time we want to generate a headline. Now can we?

So today I’d like to unfurl the second chapter of our strategy.

We want you to give it all back. You couldn’t possibly believe we’d let you keep it, did you?

We specifically request that all free software originally distributed by Sun Microsystems, related to software or microprocessors, including but not limited to source files, binaries, derivatives, extensions, applications, patents, patent applications, copyrights, ideas, thoughts, and derivative thoughts, along with any and all mirrors thereof, be returned immediately.