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Sun & Red Hat Cut Deal

Sun & Red Hat Cut Deal

Sun, which had trouble getting its quasi-proprietary, vaguely customized, largely Red Hat 7.2 Sun Linux to fly and said at the end of March that it would dump it for the conventional distros, has cut a global deal with Red Hat.

Starting this summer Sun will sell and support all of Red Hat's x86-ware including the recently segmented Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, Linux ES and Linux WS. Red Hat will integrate Sun's Java Virtual Machine into all its operating systems. Sun said airily that the Java work would be ready in "the next couple of quarters." It's also supposed to mount its Sun ONE software stack on the Red Hat code.

Sun is supposed to provide service and support, which makes one wonder how lucrative the deal is for Red Hat. Red Hat is supposed to back Sun up with third-tier support and evidently it'll get paid for its engineering work. Ah, well, it beats Sun ripping off Red Hat's free code.

Sun previously said that it would it would go with at least two Linux distributions. The other is assumed to be SuSE, or maybe we should say United Linux, making Sun look all the more like IBM.

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