RE: Fazzi Auro
"....what's the rise in "HP-UX shipments" ? Do you have a figure ?..." Not to hand, no, I'd have to go ask our HP account manager. Mind you, I'm not surprised you want to talk license numbers when it takes sixteen Slowaris licenses to do what two hp-ux do! I see you're still avoiding (a) admitting Red Hat and SuSE are caning Slowaris x86, and (b) HP is doing more than a little bit better in the marketplace. Like I said, read the Gartner and IDC reports, they have market share figures. Read the Reg article on them, the Reg says the same thing - Integrity growing, SPARC declining. Obviously, if Sun's server share is slipping then their licensing must also be taking a swim in the toilet. If you wish to dispute market figures then I suggest you go rant and swear at Gartner, IDC and the Reg, but don't be surprised if they don't answer your petulant and ill-tempered squealing.
"....(let's just pretend PA-RISC doesn't matter)...." Well, it doesn't - HP are REPLACING the old CPU range with Itanium, that's been the plan from the start. And Itanium-based Integrity servers aren't just replacing PA-RISC servers, HP is expanding its marketshare at the cost of Sun. Do you actually read any industry news or is your head too far up Scott McNealy's rectum to be able to hear anything over the dull droning?
"....HP is the greatest Linux contributor...." I never said that. But HP has made a point of working with the Linux development teams, the distros and the user community. So have IBM. And so have Fujitsu-Siemens (well, they need an escape route to get away from Slowaris). Sun have done so little it's comic, and their every attempt to get close to the Linux community has ended in rancour.
"....HP built all their x86 from scratch, Compaq didn't exist...." Ever heard of HP NetServers? That was the HP x86 server range before HP bought Compaq, the range that even then had four times Sun's x86 sales now! And before you start on about how HP is riding on Compaq/DEC's back consider this - after Compaq bought DEC they became the third largest IT company in the World, leap-frogging HP in the process who fell back into the fourth slot. At that time, Sun was number two and IBM was number one. Two years later HP had overtaken Compaq and Sun, but even after HP bought Compaq they still lagged IBM by a considerable margin. Within five years, HP had overtaken IBM, and Sun had dropped out of the World's top ten IT companies. Now, which company do you think made the smarter decisions? If you still think it's Sun, please go take your medication, wait a while, then try again!
"....HP-UX needed nothing from Digital Unix..." It didn't. HP had a long-standing partnership with Veritas and already had its own clustering product. After considering what there was in Tru64, HP decided it was better to PAY A LICENCE FEE to get the next generation of Veritas technologies. Now, concentrate hard - could that be because the Veritas option was better? Answers on a postcard, if you can get the crayon out of your nose.
"....Anything else ?...." Well, apart from forgetting about printers, you forgot to mention how IBM and Dell are also doing better than Sun....