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Marc Hamilton is director of technology for the global
education and research group at Sun Microsystems.
Mr. Hamilton's group is responsible for driving the
widespread adoption and use of Sun technology and products
by education and research institutions around the world.
Mr. Hamilton has over 20 years of experience in the computer industry. For the last 10 years he has held various technology management positions at Sun Microsystems. He has published a number of technical articles and is the author of the book, "Software Development, Building Reliable Systems" that focuses on the people, process, and technology issues surrounding software development. Prior to joining Sun, he spent 11 years as a software developer at TRW.
Mr. Hamilton holds a BS degree in Math and Computer Science from UCLA, an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from USC, and is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Management program.
When one speaks of open source operating systems, you immediately think of Linux. However, this is likely to change in 2005 as Sun releases an open source version of Solaris. Already, hundreds of users are accessing the beta version of opensolaris.org and Solaris 10 will have the ability to run Linux binaries natively on the x86 platform with Project Janus. However, this isn't a story about Solaris vs Linux, it is about Solaris and Linux. With Open Solaris, it will be easier than ever to develop software that runs without modification on Solaris and Linux. This promises to benefit both communities and lead to even more applications being available on both Solaris and Linux.