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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RE[3]: The turning point
by binarycrusader on Wed 4th Apr 2007 19:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: The turning point"
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Just a couple of points:

I've pushed an idea through the marketing mailing list for a "Solaris Workstation Edition" where by there are periodic re-spins every 4 months,

That's what Solaris Express Developer Edition is now.

...and packages for the distribution are available on a respository so that upgrades and updates can be done without needing to download an entirely new iso.

Unlikely to ever happen. The whole point of Solaris Express is that it isn't upgradeable easily between versions so Sun can invest more resources into building it and less resources on trying to support it. What you're asking for is for free support. They might be willing to do this under a paid scheme, but I don't think it is worth their time. Upgrades aren't always possible between these versions because packages are split, etc.

I also have pushed through the idea that ON builds, not only include sources but pre-build packages so that novice users, and developers who have little time to compile, can download the latest and greatest, and test it in every day user - thus expanding the pool of testers.

They have already started to do this with JDS, so it isn't a new idea. As far as sources, I think most people would want those on a separate set of media. The download is pretty big already. I don't see how source code will expand the pool of testers.

You can already download the latest and greatest as often as it is available -- from the individual community's pages or when it becomes part of the next ISO release.

There seems to be a disconnect that you're a developer and a user, and they occupy seperate spaces; what about the developer sitting there writing code who wants to listen to his mp3's whilst working? what about the developer who does some part time programming at home, but also likes watching DVD's and movies on his computer?

You can play mp3s and some video formats out of the box on Solaris Express editions with RealPlayer (I think S10U2 and newer as well).

This is where Sun falls down, assuming you can neatly catagories people into pigeon holes, and they never leave them - all the developer does is write code; I'd love to meet a programmer who only doesn't programming on his computer.

Remember their original target audience. The corporate world. At my employer, we're not allowed to have mp3s, etc. at all on the workstations. So yes, the only thing I can do on my "workstation" is work.

Most of these ideas have been around for a while. They aren't new really, no offense ;)

Edited 2007-04-04 19:04 UTC

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