Sun expands list of x86 hardware for Solaris 9

Sun Microsystems Thursday extended the reach of its Solaris 9 Operating System x86 Platform Edition, certifying an additional 100 hardware platforms to run it.

The Santa Clara, California, company also added 100 new components to its Hardware Compatibility List, which can be found at http://www.sun.com/bigadmin/hcl, according to a Sun statement.

Also Thursday, Sun introduced a Hardware Certification Test Suite, available immediately, that hardware and system vendors as well as integrators can use to self-certify x86 products for the operating system.

After having announced it would not release Solaris 9 for systems based on the Intel x86 chip architecture, Sun last October said it would ship a version of Solaris 9 for x86 both for its own platforms and sold separately from its own hardware. Licenses are priced starting at US$99.

Sun's Web site currently lists five x86 desktop or server systems, three of them made by Sun, as "Sun Certified" and nine third-party systems as "Test Suite Certified." Two third-party laptops are "Test Suite Certified." The site also lists peripherals, sound cards, network adapters and other system components as certified to work with the OS.

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