Vikas Agnihotri <mailshell.com> writes in comp.unix.solaris:
|First, Solaris on x86
|Is this a free product?
Not for commercial use, though licenses are reasonably priced ($99 for
a single CPU machine).
|Does Sun or other resellers provide support for it?
Yes, Sun does.
|Does Sun issue patches for this as frequently as Solaris on Sparc?
|How does the performance compare to Solaris on Sparc? How does it handle
|multiple CPUs? Does it scale well?
Performance depends on hardware & workload. The code is the same as
Solaris/sparc, so it should scale as well as the hardware allows.
|Is this really a feasible choice? Does Linux perform well on a enterprise-
|class server with, say, 8 cpus and >8GB of memory? Does it use all cPUs
Never tried it on a machine that big, but from what I've heard it
doesn't scale as well as Solaris - that's purely anedoctal though.
|[FYI, my interest is entirely in the context of running Oracle databases, I
|know Oracle Corp is supporting Linux in a big way, but as a sysadmin/DBA, I
|want to get some real-world stories of any attempted large migrations away
|from Sun to x86/Linux]
Solaris/x86 has the disadvantage there that Oracle decided to skip
relasing Oracle 9i for it - you can get Oracle 8 or wait for 10g.
Alan Coopersmith calberkeley.org
http://www.CSUA.Berkeley.EDU/~alanc/ aka: COM
Working for, but definitely not speaking for, Sun Microsystems, Inc.