I’m reading about Sun getting acquired by IBM and started thinking about how awesome Sun was for EDA companies in the late 80’s. I was at Silicon Compilers and we started out offering EDA tools on VAX running VMS, then tried to port to Apollo, and finally Sun.

The early Sun boxes just seemed to run faster, stay up longer and were easier to port to than Apollo.

IBM AIX was an OK OS to support but never really got much market share in the EDA space so was quickly discontinued.

IBM seems to have really adopted the Open Source and Linux trends, so I wonder what that means for Solaris?

Sun’s share in the EDA space has been steadily declining since the hey days of the 80’s. It appears that Linux is the eventual winner for EDA operating systems. I wish IBM well in their pursuit of Sun.