Sun attacks Linux with Solaris upgrades, support

Sun Microsystems Inc. is adding support services for its Solaris operating system on x86 platforms in a bid to compete with burgeoning Linux distributions.

Sun is clearly taking aim at Linux, and particularly Red Hat Inc., with its Solaris Support Subscriptions for x86 platforms. The company said its services, starting at $49 for per-incident support, run at about half the cost as equivalent Red Hat support offerings. Sun's basic subscription service provides a year of support on a two-socket system for $240.

Sun attacks Linux with Solaris upgrades, support.