Following the recent news about the future of Sun from Larry Ellison itself, we now can hope about more things to come on Solaris, both on SPARC and x86 platforms. In particular, this quote is particularly encouraging:
We're a big supporter of Linux, but the fact is that Solaris just a much more mature OS, its just a fact. We became a big supporter of Linux years ago because it ran on smaller and cheaper X86 processors and Solaris did not, we had no choice. [...] So we are a supporter of Linux, but Solaris is a more mature operating system designed for bigger systems. We support both.
In the very same vein, I just heard from two different sources these upcoming changes from Oracle:
Well, pretty good news in fact! Seems that Solaris will be a serious and growing competitor in the (near) future!