Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Nov 2007 19:49 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Erstwhile bitter rivals Dell and Sun Microsystems are set to announce that Sun's Solaris and OpenSolaris operating systems will be supported in all of Dell's servers. Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell and Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz plan to make the announcement during a joint appearance at the Oracle OpenWorld 2007 conference today.
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That was exactly my thoughts. The past 18 months I've been recommending Solaris, rather than Linux for any server based operations to IT managers that I know. And for a variety of reasons - Linux is good, but Solaris is just as good, and better in many areas imho. Also, the cost of supporting Solaris is cheaper than going with an enterprise version of Linux.

Personally - I think Linux is half dead now - it's promised so much, and not really delivered. True, part of that is due to the political machinations of Microsoft and others, who oppose the open source way of doing things (unless it's BSD based code of course).

Now, before all your Linux fanatics mod me down, thnk about it:

Compared to 5 years ago, there are even less software ported to Linux.

Compared to 5 years ago, WINE is no better.

Compared to 5 years ago, 3rd party driver support for hardware is no better.

Compared to 5 years ago, OpenOffice has in all honesty, went backwards. Microsoft Office is EVEN more dominant now, than it was 5 years ago.

These are just my personal observations.

From a political point of view, we now have companies sidestepping the GPL, so that they can bastardise GPL code and get away with it, and not live with the spirit of the GPL. This is becoming more and more common. We have ex Windows users who don't care about the principles of Free Software, and the GPL licence, all they care about is not having to pay any money for the software. There's more to open source than free, as in money, software. All of this is driving to the commercialisation of Linux, with the big corporations being interested in it from a server side point of view. This leads to the ignorance of the majority of the users - the desktop users.

For Linux to succeed, imho, it needs to do several things:

1. Set up a body of corporations who donate money, for open source developers to work with 3rd party software developers, and at THEIR cost, port the software to Linux with no release of source code etc. If enough 3rd party applications get ported, people will shift across.
2. Narrow it down to one package manager.
3. Narrow it down to one desktop environment.
4. Get games ported to Linux (see point 1).
5. Get much better 3rd party hardware driver support, rather than ugly, open source hacks that aren't reliable, or only partly work (or both).

Points 3 and 4 are critical - with limited open source developers, it makes NO sense to waste their efforts by working on splintered efforts and many different projects that have the same end goals. Better to work on one project, and combine the developers.

Just my honest thoughts. Don't get me wrong - I like Linux, I like it a lot. It just has lost its appeal to me, it no longer suits my needs, and has to really improve in order to entice me back.


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