Vol 128 Issue 3 2008-10-17 Article 20723 from section "Software"

It's all about platforms, developers, OEM providers and application availability.

"Solaris 10 runs on the major volume platforms in the industry:
SPARC, Intel and AMD. Contrary to popular opinion, the SPARC
architecture is not a proprietary architecture. It is an industry
standard and open source architecture that anyone can replicate. On
the other hand, the Intel X86 architecture is considered propriety
and can only be replicated using an expensive and legally difficult
clean room reverse engineering process," said Jim Laurent in his

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