Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jun 2007 11:50 UTC, submitted by Michael
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris "There's a problem with Solaris and Sun knows it. The installation experience of Solaris (along with other areas) could be greatly improved. The installer doesn't 'suck' as it's easy and known to Solaris administrators, but for a Linux or Windows user it could prove to be a bit challenging. For those of you that have never tried out Solaris, what we've decided to do is to show you this 'usability gap' with the installation process in Solaris compared to Linux. Is the experience really that bad?"
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Problem with Solaris
by Don T. Bothers on Tue 26th Jun 2007 14:48 UTC
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The problem with Solaris is that as a commercial OS, it is not hot enough. If you study the marketplace, there are plenty of Solaris jobs but most are for legacy server support. The marketplace always loves having two choices and a whole bunch of no choices and currently the two choices for server OS deployments are Windows and Linux. The trend is that most companies are moving away from it towards either/both Windows and Linux. I would suggest people focus their attention on these technologies, some shell scripting, Perl/Python, and Cisco technologies to get the most bang for the bucks.

The problem with Solaris as an open source OS is that it lacks a strong community. It is still completely dependent on Sun. It barely became open just a few years ago, which was way too late to market especially when you already have such interesting projects as the BSDs and Linux. The field is pretty crowded here too and I don't think Solaris will be able to displace anyone because it is not nor will it ever be a purely community driven/supported open source solution.

Why am I writing this? I don't think the lack of Solaris users is due to any "usability" gap. Trust me when I say that Solaris is very well designed and usable compared to other crap that I have had to learn. The reason why it is suffering is because 1) it became number three in the commercial space which means the majority of people don't bother to learn it for financial reasons and 2) it fails as an open source solution because it is not fully supported and kept alive why a diverse group of individuals.

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