Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Mar 2007 11:02 UTC, submitted by Frank Lopez
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Ian Murdock says he drew a lot of puzzled looks from his colleagues in the Linux community when he joined Sun Microsystems in its newly created position of chief operating platforms officer. 'What's a Linux guy doing at Sun?' he was asked. After all, Ian Murdock is the 'Ian' in Debian Linux, the distribution he created with his wife, Deb. Only eight days on his new job, Murdock spoke at a Software Developers Forum Tuesday in Santa Clara, California, where Sun is based. Murdock, 33, outlined what he thinks needs to be done in his new job in an interview with Robert Mullins.
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RE[3]: Good luck!
by Luminair on Fri 30th Mar 2007 15:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Good luck!"
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it takes me less than a minute to accomplish this by editing the /etc/nsswitch.conf and creating a /etc/resolv.conf, that's really hard!

I have no problems navigating Linux, so why does Sun have to change in order to make Linux users happy.

I don't think it is about making Solaris into Linux. And I don't think Sun is trying to change Solaris to make Linux users happy.

You just described a bunch of Unix functions as easy, but I'd have no idea where to start when solving that problem. That means I cannot use Solaris without investing time and energy into learning the ropes and reading the docs. That means Sun will gain a potential customer if they make it easier to use.

So it's not about turning Solaris into Linux, it's about making Solaris a better operating system.

People who don't understand the value of a simple and easy-to-use GUI are like pick-wielding miners who didn't want drilling machines to take their jobs. Join us in the 21st century -- I don't have the time or inclination to pick away at server administration, and I don't have the money to pay two experienced admins when two university grads and a GUI would do.

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