[TUHS] SunOS to Solaris - why?

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Mon Oct 2 10:38:54 AEST 2017


As I've said elsewhere, Sun was out of money.  AT&T bought $200m of Sun
stock at 35% over market but Sun had to dump SunOS and got to SVR4.

I don't know if Scooter knew what he was dumping or not, I suspect not
but all those late nights when he came over to egg us kernel geeks on,
maybe he did know.  I don't think he had a choice.  

On Sun, Oct 01, 2017 at 12:59:42PM -0400, Arthur Krewat via TUHSmangle wrote:
> From Sun's point of view, what was the REAL reason to move from SunOS to
> Solaris?
> 
> I don't think I've read anything anywhere as to a real technical reason. Was
> it just some stuffed-shirt's "great idea"?
> 
> Or was it really a standards-based or other reality-based reason?
> 
> As of SunOS 4.1.4, it seemed ready to go whole-hog into SMP, so that wasn't
> the sole reason.
> 
> thanks!
> art k.
> 
> 

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