Sun Microsystems releases tool to verify Solaris-ready drivers

Sun Microsystems releases tool to verify Solaris-ready drivers

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

Sun Microsystems Inc. has launched 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.

Solaris 8, the current version of the OS, runs on 32-bit Intel Corp. processors, as well as Sun's 32- and 64-bit Sparc architectures.

Early this year, Sun eliminated Solaris license fees for systems with eight or fewer processors [GCN, Feb. 7, Page 3]. The company charges $75 for the cost of CD-ROMs plus shipping and handling.

Under the verification program, makers of networking and storage devices can test their products for device driver compatibility through a kit downloadable from Sun's Web site, at

The tests cover seven technologies: SCSI, RAID storage, Fibre Channel, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Fiber Distributed Data Interface and token-ring network products.

Ready or not

Vendors will find out within two weeks whether their products have passed, Bernard said. Such products are eligible to bear the company's 'Solaris Ready' certification logo.

Sun started the program to increase the number of peripherals and drivers available to its Solaris for Intel customers, Bernard said.

Also, the program will assist government users evaluating requests for proposals that mandate hardware certification, he said.

Since Sun eliminated the license fees, the company has registered more than 260,000 installations of Solaris for Intel, Bernard said. The registration tally does not distinguish between government users and other registrants, but those demographics may become available later this year.

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