SunSoft Launches Solaris 2.1

New Features For Business Market

The Right Box For Rightsizing

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 4, 1992 -- SunSoft today introduced a new version of the Solaris 2.0 distributed computing environment. Called Solaris 2.1, the software boasts new installation, administration, security and internationalization features, providing commercial users with the industry's most powerful 32-bit software environment for the corporate enterprise.

Based on extensive customer input and testing, the Solaris 2.1 computing environment incorporates more than 1,000 product improvements, delivering up to a 40% increase in areas of network performance and up to a 50% increase in user interaction performance over Solaris 2.0. The Solaris 2.1 software includes full symmetric multiprocessing and multi-threading capabilities, dramatically increasing system performance. In addition, the new version offers major enhancements in the graphics area, providing users with 2D-3D capabilities critical to the technical and high-end commercial markets.

Today's announcement adds to the momentum for the Solaris computing environment. Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. (SMCC), the leading UNIX system supplier, will make Solaris 2.1 available for all existing SPARC systems, including its multiprocessor workstations and servers, by the end of the year. Solbourne, CompuAdd, Toshiba and Hyundai will use the software in their systems targeted for shipment next year.

More than 5,000 32-bit applications -- the largest base in the world-- are available for Solaris today. Already, more than 800 of the top applications are being ported to the Solaris 2.X environment including products from Oracle Corp., Sybase Inc., Lotus Development Corp., Computer Associates International, Electronic Data Systems, Autodesk Inc. and Adobe Systems, Inc. In addition, the Solaris 2.1 environment is binary compatible with Solaris 2.0 allowing applications to run without modification.

"Major corporations worldwide are rightsizing their business today, requiring CIOs to select optimal solutions for running their corporations efficiently and cost effectively," said Edward J. Zander, president of SunSoft, Inc. "Solaris 2.1 with its robustness and performance is clearly the `Right Box For Rightsizing' for global businesses in this decade and beyond."

"The new capabilities introduced with Solaris 2.1 and ORACLE7 fit hand-in-glove to form a solid foundation for the most demanding high-end commercial and technical applications," said Joe Vassallo,vice president of Oracle's Sun products division. "Both Oracle and Sun are investing heavily to ensure that Solaris 2.1 with ORACLE7 will deliver industry leading OLTP performance and unparalleled heterogeneous networking of applications."


The Solaris 2.1 software environment offers several new features to make system management and security easy and cost-effective across the enterprise. These include:


JumpStart - a feature that automatically installs and configures hundreds of systems across the network simultaneously with no user interaction required.

Upgrades - the foundation for automatic network upgrades to future Solaris releases. Upgrades can be tailored for highly customized systems using interactive menus.


Online: Backup - the industry's first product available for restoring and backing up Solaris 2.X data across the network. A fully automated tool, it enables system administrators to safely back up data while machines are active, allowing users to continue work without interruption.

User Manager - a graphical tool enabling users anywhere in the world to add new accounts and build user directories on remote servers.

Database Manager - a powerful tool for system managers to review and change information in the central administration database, enabling easy system updates and management across global networks.

Print Manager - a graphical interface for users to set up the print servers and easily connect their client systems to a variety of printers anywhere in the enterprise.

Host Manager - a desktop tool for connecting and configuring client systems onto the network in the three most popular profiles: stand-alone systems, diskless clients and dataless clients.

Software Manager - an icon-based product that allows users to browse, install and manipulate third-party applications regardless of whetherthey are on a CD-ROM, hard disk, or across the network.


Solaris SHIELD - a product that brings C2-level security to the Solaris 2.1 environment, a requirement for government contracts and demanding commercial environments.

ASET - a tool that allows system administrators to automatically audit and enhance workstation and server security across the network.


XGL Graphics Library - a foundation providing software vendors with the features required to develop 2D-3D geometry-based graphics applications, critical to the technical market. The library consists of a software programming interface, hardware device driver interface, and a run-time environment.

Symmetric Multiprocessing/ Multithreading (SMP/MT)

The symmetric multiprocessing and multithreading capabilities included in the Solaris 2.1 environment greatly increase the performance of multiprocessor systems such as the new SPARCstation 10. Multithreading also speeds up I/O processing and concurrency, improving the performance of mission-critical commercial and technical applications.

Information On-Line

Solaris 2.1 comes bundled with the AnswerBook hypertext-based on-line documentation facility that contains information from end user manuals. Users customize their search by calling up a summary for a brief description or entire product pages for more detailed information using interactive menus at their desktop.


Solaris 2.1 is fully localized for the worldwide commercial market, providing users with a consistent desktop environment in their native language. The product is localized in German, French, Italian, Swedish, Japanese, Korean and two versions of Chinese: PRC (People's Republic of China) and ROC (Republic of China).

Future versions of the Solaris software will incorporate additional features to address the changing needs of the business market. Solaris will include high availability features, enabling users on a corporate network to maintain access to their NFS and DBMS data even in the event of server failures. The Solaris high availability software will be modular, allowing system managers to tailor the software for individual needs.


The Solaris 2.1 environment for the desktop is priced the same as Solaris 2.0 at a suggested retail price of $795 in single quantity. Volume discounts to system manufacturers are available. The software environment will be generally available for the SPARC platform in 30 days and for the X86 early next year. Current users of Solaris 2.0 can upgrade to the new version at no cost.

Solaris SHIELD will be available as an unbundled product priced at $50 in single quantity. Online: Backup, priced at $795 in single quantity, is also available as an unbundled product.

Product inquiries should be directed to SunSoft at 1-800-227-9227 in the United States and to local SunSoft offices in Europe and Asia.

SunSoft, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., is a subsidiary of Sun Microsystems, Inc. The company has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. SunSoft is a leading supplier of 32-bit system software solutions for SPARC and Intel 80386/486-based computers. The products are licensed by SunSoft and distributed through major computer manufacturers and resellers worldwide.


(c) 1992 Sun Microsystems, Inc. Sun, SunSoft, Solaris, AnswerBook,JumpStart, NFS, SHIELD, XGL and SPARCstation are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX System Laboratories, Inc. SPARC is a registered trademark of SPARC International, Inc. Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. All other products or service names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

                                                        The Florida SunFlash

				Solaris 2.1

SunFLASH Vol 47 #26					       November 1992 

	*								*
	*	Available on December 7 for ALL SPARC platforms!	*
	*								*
	*	The new SPARCclassic(TM) and SPARCstation(TM) LX(TM) 	*
	*	and ALL	currently available SuperSPARC(TM)		*
 	*	multiprocessor configurations will only run the		*
	*	Solaris 2.1 operating environment			*
	*								*
	*	Provides symmetric multiprocessing support on 		*
	*	SPARCserver 600MP Series (SPARC(R) and SuperSPARC	*
	*	processors) and	SPARCstation 10 and SPARCserver 10 	*
	*	(Model 41) multiprocessor configurations		*
	*								*
	*	New JumpStart(TM) feature enables customized 		*
	*	installation of users' operating environments and 	*
	*	application software; this feature will be preinstalled	* 
	*	on the internal disks of:				*
	*								*
	*		- SPARCclassic systems				*
	*		- SPARCstation LX systems			*
	*		- SPARCstation 10 and SPARCserver 10 		*
	*		  (uniprocessor and multiprocessor 		*
	*		  configurations)				*
	*								*
	*	Platforms with JumpStart as the default (SPARCclassic,	*
	*	SPARCstation LX, SPARCsystem 10 Models 30 and 41) MUST	*
	*	have access to a Solaris 2.1 CD-ROM (ordered 		*
	*	separately) to perform automatic installation.		*
	*								*
	*	SPARCstation ELC(TM), SPARCstation IPC(TM), 		*
	*	SPARCstation IPX(TM), and SPARCstation 2 ordering 	*
	*	procedures are UNCHANGED - they will continue to be	*
	*	preinstalled with Solaris 1.1 SMCC Version A.		*
	*								*
	*	Administration Tool provides an easy to use graphical	*
	*	interface that helps administrators set-up and		*
	*	administer printers, user accounts, hosts and NIS+	*
	*	databases						*
	*								*
	*	New localized versions of Solaris 2.1 will be available	*
	*	in January and February of 1993                         *
	*								*

Solaris 2.1 is the second, and most important release in Sun's transition
to SVR4.  It is the first SVR4 release to support all SPARC platforms and
the first to be the default operating environment on Sun's high volume
desktop platforms.  The new SPARCclassic and SPARCstation LX systems and ALL
SuperSPARC multiprocessor configurations will, in fact,  ONLY run Solaris

Solaris 2.1 is now the hub of Sun's distributed computing strategy.
It contains important new functionality and significant quality and
performance enhancements over Solaris 2.0, making it the most robust
and complete SVR4 based operating environment in the industry.  

What Changes After December 7th?

				Before 12/7		12/7 and after

OS Supported
- SPARCclassic, SPARCstation LX	n/a			Solaris 2.1

- SPARCstation 10 Model 30 	
  and 41 (1 cpu module)		Solaris 1.1		Solaris 1.1, 2.1

- SPARCstation 10 Model 41
  (2 cpu modules)		n/a			Solaris 2.1

- 4c machines			Solaris 1.0, 1.0.1,	Solaris 1.0, 1.0.1,
				1.1 and 2.0		1.1, 2.0 and 2.1

- SPARCserver 600MP Model 
  120 and 140			Solaris 1.0.1, 1.1	Solaris 1.0.1, 1.1
							and 2.1

- SPARCserver 600MP Model 41
  (1 cpu module)		Solaris 1.1		Solaris 1.1, 2.1

- SPARCstation 600MP Mod 41
  (2 cpu modules)		n/a			Solaris 2.1

What's Preinstalled on the Disk
- SPARCclassic, SPARCstation LX	n/a			JumpStart

- SPARCstation 10 Model 30, 41	Solaris 1.1		Solaris 1.1, JumpStart
  (1 cpu module)

- 4c machines			Solaris 1.1		Solaris 1.1

	Notes:	* Desktops with JumpStart must have access to a Solaris
		  2.1 CD (ordered separately) to do automatic installation.
		  Solaris 2.1 is NOT preinstalled on the disk.
		* SPARCserver 600MP Series machines are NOT preinstalled with
		* The SPARCstation 10 will have BOTH Solaris 1.1 and 
		  JumpStart on the disk THROUGH THE END OF DECEMBER
		  to give customers maximum flexibility.  Starting in
		  January, these systems will ONLY have JumpStart.

End User Documentation
all SPARCstation 10, 
SPARCclassic, SPARCstation LX
and SPARCserver 600MP Series    hardcopy owners		must order end user
				set included 		set separately

SPARCstation ELC, 		docs included		docs included
SPARCstation IPX,
SPARCstation IPC,
SPARCstation 2

Hardware Support
Specifically, Solaris 2.1 supports:

	Sun-4c architecture		SPARCstations 1, 1+, 2, IPC
					 IPX, SLC and ELC

	Sun-4m architecture		SPARCclassic, SPARCstation
					 LX, SPARCstation 10, SPARCstation
					 600MP Series

	Sun-4(TM) architecture		Sun-4/100s, -4/200s, -4/300s
					 and -4/400s

	Sun4e architecture		SPARCengine(TM) board

What's New in Solaris
Sun is "cutting over" to Solaris 2.1 as the default operating
environment.  Preinstalled systems will feature JumpStart software, a new
SunSoft value-added enhancement.  JumpStart software enables administrators to
define and automatically install a customized environment (both system
software and application software) perfectly suited to each user's
predetermined profile.  Future releases of Solaris can be installed
automatically with very little involvement from the system administrator.
The reduced time, expertise and effort required to install or upgrade
software environments benefits users and system administrators.

Also new in Solaris 2.1 are several Administration Tool components.
The Administration Tool is a GUI-based tool that automates many tasks
that previously took a great deal of time and effort of system
administrators.  The tool has four components:  Printer Manager helps
setup and administer printers on the network; User Account manager
helps create a logon and a home directory (complete with NIS+
credentials and statup files); Host Manager installs and net configures
diskless and dataless clients and net configures standalone clients,
allowing the administrator to bypass the installation screens; Database
Manager is an interface to the NIS+ databases, allowing the
administrator to manage all entries in the databases.

Solaris 2.1 adds the XGL(TM) 3.0 Graphics Library runtime environment as 
the foundation library for all graphics applications.  Solaris 2.1 also
supports the Open Graphics initiative, a set of open, standard graphics
interfaces, allowing third party graphics drivers to be easily
integrated into customers' environments.

Solaris 2.1 marks the first release from Sun that provides symmetric
multiprocessing (SMP) support (all current SPARCserver 600MP Series
and SPARCstation 10 multiprocessor configurations).  SMP increases
system throughput and allows customers to take full advantage of their
hardware.  ALL current and future SuperSPARC multiprocessor configurations
REQUIRE Solaris 2.1 or a later release.  Full support for the SPARCcenter(TM)
2000 Series is contained in a future release of Solaris 2.x.

Localized versions of Solaris 2.1 will also be available (see Availability
section below for dates), providing a user environment that is completely
internationalized and localized in eight different languages:  German,
French, Swedish, Italian, Taiwan Chinese, PRC Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
Internationalization facilities in Solaris 2.1 also facilitate the 
internationalization and localization of customers' existing and new 

NOTE: The features listed above are all new to Solaris, above and beyond
the features already in Solaris 2.0.  For a list of those features, 
please refer SunFlash 43.06, "Solaris 2.0"

Solaris 2.1 exhibits significant performance improvements over Solaris
2.0!  In uniprocessor configurations, Solaris 2.1 provides superior CPU
performance and equivalent interactive performance to Solaris 1.x,
positioning Solaris 2.1 as the ideal desktop environment for the vast
majority of applications.

In multiprocessor configurations, Solaris 2.1 provides outstanding
performance and scaling for CPU-intensive applications and approximately
equivalent performance in other areas (averaging performance over the suite
of benchmarks - CPU, I/O, database, timesharing, networking, interactive).  
Therefore, Solaris 2.1 is very well positioned for compute-intensive 
applications that can harness the power of Sun's multiprocessor hardware.

In subsequent releases of Solaris 2.x, Sun will incorporate performance
enhancements that will provide superior performance throughout the 
operating environment and not just at the CPU and interactive levels.

SVR4 Application Binary Interface	Provides source compatibility and
					portability across architectures
					and binary compatibility within
					an architecture

DDI/DKI					Device Driver Interface (DDI)
					provides binary and source compatibilty
					of drivers in successive Solaris
					releases; Device Kernel Interface
					(DKI) provides source compatibility
					among different SVR4 implementations

JumpStart utility - NEW!		Allows for fully automated, customized
					installation of system and application

Administration Tool - NEW tools!	GUI-based tools for setup and
					easy administration of printers,
					user accounts, hosts and NIS+

Multithreaded Kernel and Symmetric	Increases system throughput and
Multiprocessing (SMP)			builds foundation for future multi-
					threaded applications

ToolTalk(TM) software			Provides networked interapplication

Fixed Priority Scheduler		Enables running realtime applications
					with guaranteed response time

Internationalization Facilities		Enables porting and development of
					existing and new applications that
					are fully internationalized and

Localized Versions - NEW!		End user environment is completely
					localized in German, French, Swedish,
					Italian, Chinese (Taiwan and PRC),
					Japanese and Korean


Configuration requirements:
	Memory		16 MB minimum
	Disk		200 MB

	NOTE: The requirements are for the full end user cluster
	including the OpenWindows(TM) environment.

Platform Support:
	Sun-4c architecture		SPARCstations 1, 1+, 2, IPC, IPX,
					SLC and ELC

	Sun-4m architecture		SPARCclassic, SPARCstation 10* and
					SPARCserver 600MP Series*

	Sun-4 architecture		Sun-4/100s, -4/200s, -4/300s and

	Sun-4e architecture		SPARCengine 1e board

	NOTE:  The SPARCcenter 2000 Series requires a future release of
	Solaris 2.x.  It is not supported by Solaris 2.1.

	The following products REQUIRE Solaris 2.1:

		SPARCclassic systems
		SPARCstation LX systems
		SPARCstation 10 multiprocessor configurations
		SPARCstation 600MP SuperSPARC multiprocessor configurations

	* The following table lists specifically which configurations
	  of the SPARCstation 10 and SPARCserver 600MP Series are

	Model	SPARCserver 600MP 		SPARCstation 10
	-----	-----------------		--------------
	 30	N/A				1 SuperSPARC CPU

	 41	1 SuperSPARC CPU (1 SM41) or	1 SuperSPARC CPU (1 SM41) or
			upgrade to			upgrade to
		2 SuperSPARC CPUs (2 SM41s)	2 SuperSPARC CPUs (2 SM41s)

	120	2 SPARC CPUs (1 SM100)		N/A
	140	4 SPARC CPUs (2 SM100s)		N/A

Hardware and Documentation Transition Issues:
On December 7th, SPARCclassic and SPARCstation LX systems will begin
shipping with JumpStart software on the internal disk.  THE FULL
software allows the customer to automatically install a fully
customized Solaris 2.1 operating environment on the target system.  The
software is installed from either a local CD-ROM, CD-ROM on the
network, or from a software server on the network.  Therefore,
customers with SPARCclassic systems and/or SPARCstation LX systems must
order at least one Solaris 2.1 CD-ROM to install Solaris 2.1 on their
systems.  (However, you do not need a 1-to-1 CD-to-workstation ratio.
You just need access to one CD.)  PLEASE REFER TO THE JUMPSTART CARD IN

The SPARCstation 10 (Models 30 and 41 single CPU) will have BOTH JumpStart
functionality AND Solaris 1.1 preinstalled on diskfull systems.
Therefore, customers who order a SPARCstation 10 prior to December 6 and
want to run Solaris 1.1 will be "Solaris 2.1 ready." They will have the
option of running Solaris 1.1 (aleady on the disk) or Solaris 2.1
(installed using JumpStart).  After December 7, if a customer wants to
run Solaris 1.1 on their SPARCstation 10, they MUST have access to the Solaris
1.1 CD-ROM separately.  If they want to run Solaris 2.1, they must also
have access to the Solaris 2.1 CD-ROM.  PLEASE REFER TO THE

Hardcopy format of the Owner's doc set will no longer be bundled with
the Country Kits.  However, hardcopy of the Owner's doc set can still
be ordered standalone for $100  -- it is now called the End User 
Documentation Set.  The software portion of the Install
manual is in Answerbook(TM).  The hardware portion of the install manual
and the hardware product notes are part of the System Accessory Kit.
The Country Kit will now consist of the System Accessory Kit only.  
Starting 12/7/92, when you order a SPARCstation 10, SPARCstation LC, 
SPARCstation LX, or SPARCserver 600MP series Country 
Kit or buy a standalone System Accessory Kit, you will get the following:

		* Type 5 keyboard
		* Mouse
		* SunMicrophone
		* Power Cords
		* Hardware Manual
		* Hardware Product Notes
		* Jumpstart Card
		* On-line Documentation Note
		* Type 5 Keyboard Product Notes
		* Type 5 Keyboard Layout Card
		* Mouse Labels
		* Customer Card
		* Ergonomics Card

SPARCstation ELC, SPARCstation IPC, SPARCstation IPX, and SPARCstation
2 Country Kits will remain the same.  They will still ship with
Hardcopy Owner's doc set.  They will also continue to ship with Solaris
1.1 preinstalled as long as they are on the price list.  To run Solaris
2.1 on these systems, the customer must order it separately.

Solaris 2.1 Supported Options
"Supported" means that the product or option will be supported by the
Answer Centers in Solaris 2.1 configurations. 

The following options have been tested and are supported with Solaris 2.1.

	SCSI Disk:	104MB		141MB		207MB
			327MB embedded	327MB non-emb.	424MB
			669MB		1.3GB		LC 207MB
			1.05GB 3.5"	2.1GB

	IPI Disk:	911MB, 6MBps	1.3GB		1.0GB, 3MBps

	SMD Disk:	280MB		575MB		688MB

	CD Drives:	CD-ROM drive

	Tape:		1/4" 60 MB SCSI
			1/4" 150 MB SCSI
			1/2" Front Load Tape (800/1600/6250 bpi)
			2.3 GB 8mm SCSI Tape
			5.0 GB 8mm SCSI Tape

	Floppy:		3-1/2" Floppy Drive
			Tri-density Floppy Drive

	Controllers:	VME-SCSI Host Adapter
			VME to Multibus
			XY450/451 SMD
			XY7053 SMD-4
			SBus-SCSI Host Adapter (Sport8)

	SBus Graphics:	cg6 (GX and GXplus)
			bw2 (mono)
			cg3 8-bit color
			cg8 24-bit color

	VME Graphics:	cg2 8-bit color
			cg3 8-bit color
			cg5 8-bit double-buffered
			bw2 (mono)

	P4 Graphics:	bw2 (mono)
			cg4 8-bit color
			cg6 (GX)
			cg8 24-bit color

	tty:		SunDials(TM) utility
			SunButtons(TM) utility

			PrestoServe(TM) (SBus) NFS(R) Accelerator
			SBE/S (SBus Ethernet Controller)
			Second Ethernet Controller (VME)
			SunNet(TM) Ethernet Controller (VME)
			SPC/S (SBus Serial Parallel Controller)
			8-bits Fast SBus-SCSI Host Adapter
			Fast Differential SCSI Host Adapter

	Keyboards:	Type 3 (all native language versions)
			Type 4 (all native language versions)
			Type 5 (all native language versions)

The options listed below will not be supported (by the Anwer Centers)
in Solaris 2.1 configurations for one or more of the following reasons:
	1. The product was EOLed sometime ago
	2. The product was not fully tested
	3. The SVR4 version of the product and/or its driver will
	   not FCS until March or later.

	SCSI Disk:	71MB (EOL)

	Tape:		1/2" Drive, XY472 Controller w/ 1600/6250 bpi (EOL)
			1/2" Drive, Tapemaster Controller w/ 1600 bpi (EOL)

	Controllers:	SBus Expansion Subsystem

	SBus Graphics:	cg12 (GS, GSXR)

	VME Graphics:	GP (Graphics Processor) (EOL)
			GP+ (Graphics Processor+) (EOL)
			GP2 (Graphics Processor-2) (EOL)
			cg9 24-bit color (EOL)
			TAAC-1 Application Accelerator (EOL)
			CXP (GP2/cg5 Graphics Accelerator) (EOL)
			GXP (GP2/cg9 Graphics Accelerator) (EOL)

			ALM-1 (EOL)
			MCP (Multiprotocol Communications Processor)
			HSI/S High Speed Serial Interface
			PrestoServe (VME) NFS Accelerator
			TRI/S (Token Ring Interface)
			SCP (Sun Communications Processor) (EOL)
			NC-400 (Network Coprocessor)
			Channel Gateway (VME)

	Keyboards:	Type 2 (all native language versions) (EOL)
			101A (EOL)

	Other:		SPARCprinter(TM)
			VideoPix(TM) Image Capture Board

Unbundled Product Summary
The following products are/will be available on Solaris 2.1 as separately
orderable unbundled products:

	Product			   		    Availability
	-------			   		    ------------
       	SPARCworks(TM) Professional Family
	 * SPARCworks Professional C 2.0		now
	 * SPARCworks Professional C++ 3.0		now
	 * SPARCworks Professional FORTRAN 2.0		now
	 * SPARCworks Professional Pascal 3.0		now
	SPARCompiler Family
       	 * SPARCompiler C 2.0				now
	 * SPARCompiler C++ 3.0 			now
         * SPARCompiler FORTRAN 2.0			now
	 * SPARCompiler Pascal 3.0			now
	DevGuide   3.0.1				11/92
	Online: Backup(TM) utility			11/92
	XGL Graphics Library 3.0			12/92
	TeamWare					12/92
	C2 Security					12/92
	XIL						2/93
	SunLink(R) X.25 8.0 networking			3/93*
	SunLink CG3270 8.0				3/93*
	SunPHIGS 3.0					3/93*
	NeWSPrint(TM) 2.5 software			3/93*

	* These products may only be available on the next release
	  of Solaris 2.x.

- English media and AnswerBook		December 7, 1992
  (two separate CDs)

- English documentation			December 7, 1992

- European localizations (1 OS CD)	January 27, 1993
  (German, French, Swedish, Italian)

- Localized system accessory kits
  and documentation			January 27, 1993

- Japanese localization			February 8, 1993

- Korean localization			February 12, 1993

- Chinese (Taiwan) localization		February 17, 1993

- Chinese (PRC) localization		February 23, 1993

- Solaris 2.1 Source			February 3, 1993

- Solaris 2.1 Encryption Kit		December 7, 1992

Questions and Answers on Section 1 topics
Q.	What are the differences between Solaris 2.0 and Solaris 2.1?

A.	Solaris 2.1 includes all the functionality in Solaris 2.0 PLUS
	additional platform support (outlined above), JumpStart software, the
	Administration Tool, the XGL 3.0 Graphics Library runtime environment,
	bugfixes and performance tuning.

Q.	Why doesn't Solaris 2.1 support the SPARCcenter 2000 Series?

A.	The SPARCcenter 2000 Series has a target availability of April
	1993; therefore, it will not FCS with Solaris 2.1.  All
	bugfixing and performance tuning for SPARCcenter 2000 Series
	support is centered on the Solaris release that will run on
	that platform.

Q.	What third party applications will be available on Solaris 2.1?

A.	Independent software vendors (ISVs) will announce the availability
	of approximately 100 applications at the Solaris 2.1 introduction.
	An additional 250 are expected to ship on Solaris 2.1 by the end
	of the third fiscal quarter.  These applications are listed in the
	Catalyst catalog "A Guide to More Than 350 Software Applications,
	Summer `92" (literature distribution part no. 801-2879-01).

Q.	What Sun unbundled applications will be available on Solaris 2.1?

A.	See list above.

Q.	Now that Solaris 2.1 is the default OS, how long will Sun
	continue to ship Solaris 1.1?

A.	Solaris 1.1 remains the default operating environment on all
	currently shipping Sun-4c platforms (SPARCstation ELC, 
	SPARCstation IPC, SPARCstation IPX, and SPARCstation 2) and we will 
	continue to preinstall these systems with Solaris 1.1 as long as
	they are on the SMCC price list.  Several of the Sun-4c
	platforms will continue to ship at least through the end of fiscal
	year 1993; hence, there are no plans to announce the end of Solaris
	1.1 prior to the end of the fiscal year and probably not before
	the end of calendar year 1993.  Once Solaris 1.1 is transitioned
	off the price list, Sun will support it for five years, with support
 	diminishing over the five year period.

Q.	How well does Solaris 2.1 perform compared to Solaris 1.x?

A.	In uniprocessor configurations, Solaris 2.1 performance is
	excellent compared to Solaris 1.x performance.  CPU performance
	is superior to that of Solaris 1.x and interactive and I/O 
	performance is equivalent.  Database and networking performance 
	exhibit degradation of approximately 10-15% and timesharing degrades
	by about 26%.

	In multiprocessor configurations, CPU and NFS performance and
	scaling are better than that of Solaris 1.x.  I/O, multiuser
	and database performance exhibit some degradation.  Therefore,
	Solaris 2.1 is best suited primarily for CPU-intensive

Q.	What are Sun's plans for performance improvements in future

A.	Performance has improved significantly over Solaris 2.0.
	The next Solaris release, scheduled for the first half of
	calendar year 1993, will incorporate significant improvements
	in performance beyond that of Solaris 2.1, particularly in
	multiprocessor configurations.  I/O, database and multiuser
	performance, in particular, will exhibit significant increases
	in performance and scalability.

Q.	When will the Solaris for x86 platforms be available?

A.	The Solaris for x86 Early Access Program for ISVs began
	in September, 1992.  The Solaris for x86 End User Release is
	expected to be released in the first half of calendar year 1993.

Q.	What about C2 security?

A.	Solaris 2.1 provides hooks for an UNBUNDLED C2 Security product.
	the C2 features will be bundled into a future release of
	Solaris 2.x.

Q.	Will contract customers receive Solaris 2.1 automatically?

A.	Yes.  Solaris 2.1 will by "pushed" to all contract customers.



Ordering Instructions
	- Continue to ship with pre-installed Solaris 1.1 Version A 
	  images until EOL
	- Country kits unchanged.
	- Order the same as you do now.

SS10 Models 30 and 41
	- Both JumpStart and Solaris 1.1 Version A pre-installed.
	- After Dec 7--
		Order separate 2.1 CD-ROM if customer desires 2.1

	- After Dec 7, order Owner's Set as it is no longer bundled in Country
	  Kit.  Order separately if customer desires.

SPARCclassic, LX
	- Diskfull systems contain JumpStart only.
	- Order must allow at least Solaris 2.1 CD for installation
	- After Dec 7, order Owner's Set as it is no longer bundled in Country 
	  Kit.  Order separately if customer desires.



Short                 		Order       	List        Discount
Description           		Number      	Price       Category
Default Marketing Part Numbers
Solaris 2.1 CD-ROM:

US English			SOL-C		$50		A
US English 10-pack		SOL-C10		$200		A
Encryption Kit			SOLE-P		$100		A

Notes:  * Solaris 2.1 CD-ROMs include the Solaris 2.1 End User
	  Docs(SOL-ED) in on-line AnswerBook format, at no additional 
	* Solaris media does not include a Solaris license authorizing
          the use of Solaris.  Media needs to be purchased for systems

Solaris 2.1 Documentation:

AnswerBook CD-ROM, Single-User	SOLA-P		$395		A
license, and documentation

Note: 	Solaris 2.1 AnswerBook includes the full Solaris 2.1 documentation 
      	set (SOL-D) in online format.  Solaris AnswerBook does not include the
      	OpenWindows Supplemental Docs (OWN-D).

AnswerBook Single-User License	SOLA-L		$295		A
(no media or documentation)

Full Documentation Set		SOL-D		$995		B

Note:  	SOL-D does not include the OpenWindows supplemental docs (OWN-D)

OpenWindows Supplemental docs	OWN-D		$595		B

End-user docs			SOL-ED		$100		B

Note:  	Included in the Full Documentation Set (SOL-D) and on-line in AnswerBook
       	format on the Solaris 2.1 CD-ROM.

Single-System Solaris Unlimited User License

	An unlimited user license is required increase the number of Solaris
	users licensed to run on a system.  A user is each tty, Xterminal, 
	and wyse terminal connection, or rlogin from a system not licensed to
	run Solaris.

	A Single System Unlimited User License authorizes the use of
	Solaris by an unlimited number of users on one system for the
	release of Solaris for which the system is currently licensed.

Single-System Unlim User Lic,	SOLU-UN-L	$1200		A
for Uniprocessor systems

System-System Unlim User Lic. 	SOLM-UN-L	$2900		A
for Multiprocessor systems

Note:  The old part number for Unlimited User Licenses, SYSLUN, will no
       longer be orderable, effective immediately.  Outstanding quotes will
	be honored.

Single-System Solaris Multiprocessor License

Single processor systems ship with a Solaris uniprocessor license.  To 
add one or more processor to a uniprocessor system already licensed for
Solaris, one Single-System Solaris Multiprocessor License is required.

A Single-System Solaris Multiprocessor License authorizes the use of the
Solaris release and number of user on a multiprocessor system, for which
the system was currently licensed.

SPARCstations licensed for one or two Solaris users requires a Solaris
Multiprocessor Client License.

SPARCservers requires a Solaris Multiprocessor Server License.

SPARCstations licensed for more than two Solaris users require a Solaris
Multiprocessor Server License.

Solaris Multiprocessor Client	SOLD-M-L	$300		A

Solaris Multiprocessor Server 	SOLS-M-L	$2000		A

Upgrade Marketing Part Numbers
Solaris 2.1 CD-ROM:

	Notes:  * Solaris 2.1 CD-ROMs include the Solaris 2.1 End User
		  Docs(SOL-ED) in on-line AnswerBook format, at no additional 
		* Solaris media does not include a Solaris license authorizing
	          the use of Solaris.  Media needs to be purchased for systems
		  or boards already licensed for Solaris 2.1.

US English			SOL-CF		$50		A
US English 10-pack		SOL-C10F	$200		A

Solaris 2.1 License:

Server Upgrade			SOLS-LF		$350		A

	Note:	* Solaris server upgrades are required to upgrade SPARCservers
	          to Solaris 2.1.
		* Solaris server upgrades are required to upgrade SPARCstations
	          and SPARCengines licensed for more than two Solaris users,
	 	  to Solaris 2.1. 

Desktop Upgrade			SOLD-LF		$250   		A
	Client Upgrade		

	Note:	* Solaris server upgrades are required to upgrade SPARCstations
		  licensed for one or two Solaris users, to Solaris 2.1.

Solaris 2.1 Documentation:

AnswerBook			SOLA-PF		$250		A
AnswerBook License		SOLA-LF		$150		A
Full Documentation Set		SOL-DF		$995		B				OpenWindows Supplemental docs	OWN-D		$595		B

Release Minibox			SOL-DP		$195 		B

	Note:	Release Minibox provides the release specific changes between
		Solaris 2.0 and Solaris 2.1.  This is not listed on the
		End User or Reseller price lists.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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