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Sun exec: Galaxy to shape Sun's future

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Following years of steadily losing ground to its competitors in the distributed computing world, Sun Microsystems Inc. is hoping its newly announced line of servers -- code-named Galaxy -- will help it regain some of its former prominence.

Announced yesterday, Sun's new servers are powered by Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron processors and have dual-core capabilities. The new family of x64 servers run from one-way, low-end boxes (the Sun Fire X2100) to two-socket, four-way machines (Sun Fire X4100 and X4200). Looking ahead to next year, Sun plans to expand the line to include an eight-socket, 16-way machine.

To find out more, sat down with Graham Lovell, Sun's senior director of x64 servers and head of the Galaxy line. Lovell provided additional details about the servers and discussed how Sun plans to improve the bottom line going forward. He also talked about exactly how Linux and open source play into that strategy. Here are some excerpts from that conversation:

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