The PowerPC implementation of Solaris reportedly stole the show on a recent SunSoft Inc roadshow in Asia and the Pacific. Interest in the PowerPC in places like Tapei, Hong Kong and Singapore was unbelievable, according to one of the party, helping to draw larger than expected attendees at all locations, especially from the Far East PowerPC builders. Solaris 2.4 was shown running on the IBM Corp Power Personal Systems division’s PowerPC 601-based desktop; the notebook had to be left behind, because, lacking some serial numbers, it fell foul of US export customs regulations. Then, returning late last month, SunSoft threw open its doors in Mountain View, California, to Solaris-on-PowerPC developers and had 30 or so independent software vendors, including Oracle Corp and SAS Institute Inc, coming round to kick the tyres. Solaris 2.4 on PowerPC is currently being touted to early developers.
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