Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Apr 2007 23:08 UTC, submitted by irbis
Oracle and SUN "Amid falling sales of its bread-and-butter servers and mounting pressure on Schwartz to cut more jobs and boost a stock price that's dropped more than 22%, to USD 5.26, since early February, Sun is considering its most radical open-source move yet: releasing Solaris under the love-it-or-hate-it GPL. The move could reinvigorate Sun by putting one of its crown jewels into the thick of the open-source movement - or it could diminish the worth of one of Sun's most valuable pieces of intellectual property."
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RE[2]: Sun is in a bad place
by ormandj on Tue 1st May 2007 00:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Sun is in a bad place"
ormandj
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I tend to agree that "GPLing" Solaris won't have a huge impact - there's only so much room for GPLed *nixes.


I don't think it's going to have an immediate effect, as a lot of people seem to think it will. More of a long-term effect.

You have to remember the advantages of Solaris over Linux (insert random distro.) It's stable - you develop for it - it's going to work. Across releases. Companies such as Nvidia have learned to love that, and individual developers might come to love it as well.

It's also got a lot of funded development to bolster it. Sun spends an enormous amount on R&D alone, a good portion works towards Solaris. ZFS, Dtrace, etc - all the new "cool" stuff being trumpeted is a direct result of that. I've not really seen all that much groundbreaking development come out of the Linux camp for some time.

The system isn't fragmented. This is one thing I worry about with the GPLing. We've already got Nexenta and some other OSOL distros out there, and no offense to their projects - but the last thing I want to see is Solaris become Solaris + random userland stuff, like Linux. The whole stability thing goes out the window.

I could go on for ages, but I think the key is just the fundamental differences in design/organization of the project. Right now, there are a few valid (on some level) complaints concerning Solaris.

The biggest - some people are GPL only. I don't like GPL, personally - but I realize some people won't touch anything that isn't GPLd. GPL-izing Solaris will allow them to utilize the OS. Most people I speak with in the IT world know the advantages of Solaris, and of all the developers I know - the only ones who don't develop for it/like it are the GPL-only crew. This licensing change should make it a lot easier for them to give it a go, and enjoy the stability when programming. ;)

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