Sun launches certification program for device drivers

Sun launches certification program for device drivers

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

JULY 6—Sun Microsystems Inc. has started a device driver verification program for peripherals connected to Intel platforms running the Solaris operating system.

"As the Free Solaris program takes off, it's important that we satisfy the needs for drivers," said Jeff Bernard, director of marketing for Solaris, Sun's version of Unix.

Makers of networking and storage devices can test their products for device driver compatibility through a kit downloadable from Sun's Web site, at, and find out within two weeks whether their products have passed, Bernard said. Approved products are eligible to bear the company's "Solaris Ready" certification logo.

Early this year, Sun eliminated Solaris license fees for systems with eight or fewer processors. Since then, the company has registered more than 260,000 installations of Solaris for Intel, Bernard said. The company has not yet distinguished between government users and other registrants, he said.

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