My employer is a big consumer of Sun hardware and Solaris. I recently went out to some Sun vendors looking for quotes on quite a bit of new hardware and got a rude shock. The prices have gone up 10%+ base and Oracle have abolished every support option other than 'Premium Super Expensive Oracle 4 hour' (my words) and no support. They also add about 5% 'delivery' to the price of the kit. The 'premium' support option added almost 20% to base price of all the gear. In my job, no support is actually an option as we can direct the saved cash to a spares pool or support option the servers later if Oracle come to their senses. I'll likely not be using Sun hardware in future, especially when I hear whispers of x64 being put to bed and SPARC being pushed again by Oracle. To me, it seems Oracle want to be a 'vertical integrator' in the Enterprise, much like Apple in the home. They want to sell you the hardware, the software, the accessories and nice expensive support that 95% you'll likely not need. On the personal front, it's a pain in the ass as my home NAS is running on OpenSolaris b134 with ZFS version 23. From what I understand (and correct me if wrong), even if Oracle pull the CDDL licence off ZFS tomorrow, it won't stop the port/fork work that mobs like FreeBSD and Illumos have going on.