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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Changing Demographics
by tony on Wed 27th Jun 2007 13:33 UTC
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Sun is clearly attempting to change the nature of their target demographic, to include more than seasoned datacenter jockys, who either know the installation process like the back of their hand (and tolerate it) or do it often enough that setting up jumpstart is a big time saver.

Sun wants Solaris and Open Solaris to be what Linux is now. They want people to tinker with the code, to add improvements. They want hobbiests to run it as their primary operating system, they want the taste makers to push Solaris/OpenSolaris onto their bosses instead of LAMP.

So part of this is changing the product so that it better suits these users. To make it more accessible to more people, to make it a pleasure to use instead of a pain that it sometimes is. So critiques like this are great, they help instead of harm. The emperor's not naked, but he's got unmatched socks and his shirt don't match.

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