Feeds

Sun offers free Solaris 8/9 OE on DVD

No, we don't know why either

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Business security measures using SSL

In the week that Sun's StarOffice ceases to be free, the company in its infinite wisdom is running a promo for Solaris whereby you can get a free copy of Solaris OE (version 9 for Sparc, or 8 for Intel) on DVD shipped to you. But we're sure it makes sense to somebody in marketing.

Solaris 8 binaries have been available for free download from Sun for some time, but at somewhere over 850 megabytes it's a bracing experience. Sun will also sell you it on CD for a relatively nominal sum, but the free DVD offer (which appears to be limited, so hurry hurry) will appeal to cheapskates.

Sun, you may be aware, has sort of pulled the plugs on Solaris for Intel, which is why the offer is for 8 for Intel. According to the Solaris download page, however, this is not death but 'deferred productization.' More confusingly still, the same page says downloads of Solaris 8 OE for Intel (the one you can get free on DVD) have been discontinued.

So where do you sign up? The page is here,* and the reg form seems relatively harmless. Although the promise that you'll be hearing shortly from somebody in sales is a bit of a sting in the tail. Thanks to neowin.net and g256.com for spotting this one - we've no idea what route you're really supposed to take to get to the page. ®

* It worked this morning, but now seems not to. We've had a report that this was working, but now it seems it isn't. Probably game over, but we'll let you know if another pops up.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps
Google offers beta of tricky OS-inside-OS tech
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine
Open source? In the government? Ha ha! What, wait ...?
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.