Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 23:18 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris "Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz loves to splatter the media with the line that Windows, Red Hat Linux and Solaris stand as the only operating systems of significance in the server kingdom. We've spent the last few years struggling to appreciate the seriousness of that claim. Sun's declining system sales failed to inspire much optimism about the company conquering the data centers of tomorrow with a deflating 'venerable' OS. A couple of recent items, however, have tweaked our view of Schwartz's favored claim. It could well be that Solaris - of all things - provides the 'iPod moment' Sun seeks." In the meantime, Sun upped the speed of some of its SPARC chips.
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Bring it on!
by sbergman27 on Wed 4th Apr 2007 08:23 UTC
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I welcome Solaris as competition to Linux in areas outside of pure server usage.

I'm a Linux advocate. But for a community that is always going on about the value of competition, our kernel needs some.

There are the BSD's, of course. But, for whatever reason, the BSD's don't seem to be competing head to head with Linux. (My own guess is that the Linux world finally got half a clue about the basics of marketing, resulting in our shooting ourselves in the foot somewhat less frequently.)

OpenSolaris is just getting off the ground. But it has the potential to be a major contender. Of course, Sun may be shooting themselves in that particular foot by carefully maintaining license incompatibility with Linux. Despite the major differences in their respective kernel internals, drivers seem to me to be one area where code might effectively be shared. And drivers are what Solaris needs most.

But, as I say in the subject line, bring it on!

I absolutely adore Linux. But I'm not married to it.

Sun, after a long period of corporate multiple personality disorder that would have put "Sybil" ( ) to shame, has finally rallied its resources and seems ready to join the community as a full-fledged member.

Edited 2007-04-04 08:25

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