Sun to announce new Linux and open source strategy

Sun Microsystems has scheduled a teleconference for Thursday morning to announce news related to its strategy around the Linux operating system and open source software, according to a company spokesman.

Sun would provide little details at this stage, except to say that Ed Zander, Sun's president and chief operating officer, will take part in the conference call for press and analysts, which is set to begin at 7 a.m. PST.

Sun officials have been increasingly vocal of late about their interest in Linux. The company sells several server products that run a modified version of Red Hat Inc.'s Linux distribution under Sun's Cobalt brand. Sun launched a new version of its Cobalt Qube server appliance last month and said at the time updates to other Cobalt products would be on the way.

Sun has also tried to draw closer ties between its upcoming Solaris 9 operating system and Linux. Users can expect to find a number of Linux-friendly features with the forthcoming release, such as access to Linux commands and a similar user interface to Linux.

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