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Solaris was originally intended to reflect SUN's change from a BSD Operating System into a SYSV Operating system. However when the change from SunOS to Solaris was announced the marketing people immediately changed all references from SunOS to Solaris, creating some confusion.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Florida SunFlash SunSoft Introduces Solaris SunFLASH Vol 33 #1 September 1991 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- First Shrink-Wrapped Distributed Computing Solution Integrates Most Widely Used 32-bit System Software on a Single CD; Available for SPARC and Intel Platforms SAN JOSE, Calif., --Sept. 4, 1991-- SunSoft, the system software subsidiary of Sun Microsystems, Inc., today raised the bar in the software market with its introduction of Solaris(TM), the industry's first "shrink-wrapped" distributed computing environment available in volume on a compact disc. Solaris will be available on the computing industry's highest-volume multivendor platforms, SPARC(R)-based RISC systems and Intel 80386/486-based personal computers. The announcement was made at SunSoft's Catalyst(TM) Developers Conference, which had more than 1,000 attendees from around the world. Today's introduction is the company's first major product launch since starting business July 1 and represents its opening move in the hotly contested market for advanced system software. Most system software available today is designed for stand-alone computers. However, SunSoft's Solaris integrates the world's leading distributed computing technologies to empower the workgroup. Solaris is a total system software solution integrating a 3-D desktop metaphor with a robust developer environment that is founded on the industry's most powerful 32-bit operating system, SunOS(TM). This operating system now incorporates the UNIX(R) System V Release 4 (SVR4) industry standard, which unites 80 percent of the 10 million UNIX users. Solaris also features support for next-generation technologies, such as symmetric mulitprocessing and multithreading, to drive volume on the commercial desktop. "While other companies are talking about making distributed computing a reality, at SunSoft, we're there," said Edward J. Zander, president of SunSoft. "Solaris offers 32- bit power, symmetric multiprocessing with multithreading, application interoperability and objects -- the kind of technologies that will be required for developing next- generation networked applications." Some of the world's largest computer vendors today announced support for Solaris on Intel. Novell announced it will partner with SunSoft to introduce the Solaris product for Intel to its reseller channels and incorporate its NetWare network operating system products into SunSoft's new distributed computing environment. ASCII Corp., Japan's largest PC and UNIX software company, announced that it will distribute the Solaris environment for Intel through its resellers in Japan. Intel announced plans to cooperate with SunSoft to ensure that Solaris 2.0 will be optimized to run on the X86 platform. AST Research, the third-highest volume supplier of 80486-based systems in the United States, certified that Solaris will run on its products. In addition, Toshiba, CompuAdd, and NetFRAME, a leading supplier of PC superservers, expressed their support for Solaris on the Intel X86 platform. Many of the leading SPARC vendors endorsed Solaris. CompuAdd, Solbourne, Tatung, Toshiba, and Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. announced that they will offer Solaris on their SPARC-based products. These companies offer a range of systems from laptops to mainframes. In addition, ICL,the leading computer manufacturer in Europe, announced a collaboration with SunSoft to enable SVR4 applications to run unchanged on multiple SPARC platforms. By making Solaris available on the Intel and SPARC platforms, SunSoft unites the world's highest-volume RISC and CISC platforms with a single computing environment. According to International Data Corp. (IDC), a market research group based in Framingham, Mass., SPARC captured 65 percent of the total RISC market in 1990. Intel X86-based systems accounted for 84 percent of all computers shipped in 1990, according to IDC. Software written for Solaris on Intel and SPARC will be source code compatible, enabling developers to create one application that runs on both platforms. Already, Solaris inherits a base of more than 3,600 third-party software and hardware products - the industry's largest compatible 32-bit solution base. More than 50 software developers, providing solutions for a range of commercial, productivity and technical markets, also announced support for SunSoft's new distributed computing environment. These include Lotus Development Corp., Ashton- Tate, WordPerfect, Oracle, Cadence, Ventura Software, Informix and ASK/Ingres. Solaris: Shipping in Volume With a Path to the Future Based on SunOS, the highest-volume 32-bit UNIX operating system, Solaris gives users the power of multitasking, multiprocessing and multithreading on the desktop. Today, SunOS runs on 500,000 machines and represents more than 47 percent of the workstation market, according to Dataquest, a market research firm based in San Jose, Calif. Solaris has been designed to meet the needs of end users, software developers and system administrators in distributed computing environments. For end users, Solaris offers the intuitive OPEN LOOK 3-D desktop metaphor with multimedia workgroup productivity applications, making the network easily accessible by commercial desktops. For software developers, Solaris features a robust developer environment: OpenWindows(TM) with the object-oriented application interoperability product, ToolTalk(TM), to easily create next-generation distributed applications. Lastly, for system administrators, Solaris includes ONC(TM) (Open Network Computing), the industry's most widely used heterogenous networking solution, with more than 1.3 million nodes. Project DOE: Distributed Objects Everywhere - SunSoft's Vision For the 1990s Solaris extends the benefits of its distributed computing technologies to include object-oriented computing benefits for workgroups. SunSoft calls this vision Project DOE: Distributed Object Everywhere. "Distributed objects are de rigueur in the '90s," said Zander. "And with Solaris, distributed technologies are within reach of every type of user. " Solaris, unlike personal computer operating environments that require a total rewrite to move to objects, provides a seamless path to distributed objects as it builds on SunOS. SunSoft is delivering the first component against its vision of Project DOE. In February 1991, SunSoft and Hewlett-Packard (HP) developed the industry's first Distributed Object Management Facility (Distributed OMF). This was submitted to the Object Management Group (OMG). In June, SunSoft added to its object technology foundation with the introduction of ToolTalk. The product has been endorsed by a number of leading software vendors including Lotus Development Corp., Cadence, Valid and Clarity Software. Other elements of Project DOE will be introduced later this year. Availability SunSoft offers two versions of Solaris. Solaris 1.0 is based on SunOS 4.1.1, OpenWindows Version 2 and DeskSet(TM) Version 2. It is available immediately for all SPARC vendors in a shrink-wrapped package that includes a compact disc and documentation. Solaris 1.0 is available through SunSoft and major computer system manufacturers worldwide. Solaris 2.0 is based on SunSoft's latest SVR4-based SunOS 5.0 with symmetric multiprocessing and multithreading, and enhanced ONC. It features OpenWindows Version 3 and DeskSet Version 3. Solaris 2.0 is offered on the SPARC and Intel platforms. It maintains source compatibility with Solaris 1.0, providing a smooth migration path for software developers to SVR4. Developer copies of Solaris 2.0 on SPARC are available immediately through SunSoft. An early access release of Solaris for the SPARC and Intel platforms will be available in early 1992. Solaris 2.0 will be shipped in volume for both platforms in the first half of 1992. Pricing will be announced at that time. Product inquiries should be directed to SunSoft at 1-800-227-9227. SunSoft, Inc., headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., is a subsidiary of Sun Microsystems, Inc. The company is the leading worldwide supplier of system software solutions for distributed computing. SunSoft's products are targeted at software developers, systems administrators and end users, and are licensed by SunSoft and sold through major computer system manufacturers and VARs worldwide. ### UNIX and OPEN LOOK are registered trademarks of UNIX System Laboratories, Inc. Solaris, Catalyst, SunOS, ONC, OpenWindows, ToolTalk and DeskSet are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. licensed to SunSoft, Inc. Prices are sub ject to change. All other products mentioned herein are identified by the trademarks as designated by the companies who market these products. Inquiries concerning such trademarks should be made directly to those companies. PR contact: SunSoft, Inc. Shernaz Daver (415) 336-0678 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ For information send mail to info-sunflash@sunvice.East.Sun.COM. Subscription requests should be sent to sunflash-request@sunvice.East.Sun.COM. Archives are on solar.nova.edu and paris.cs.miami.edu. All prices, availability, and other statements relating to Sun or third party products are valid in the U.S. only. Please contact your local Sales Representative for details of pricing and product availability in your region. Descriptions of, or references to products or publications within SunFlash does not imply an endorsement of that product or publication by Sun Microsystems. John McLaughlin, SunFlash editor, flash@sunvice.East.Sun.COM. (305) 776-7770.
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