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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I disagree
by shaniadollinger on Thu 15th Nov 2007 11:19 UTC
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>Compared to 5 years ago, there are even less software
>ported to Linux.

Proof ? Tell me which software was being ported 5 years ago and has been discontinued. Things like VMware work great under GNU/Linux by the way, and are as updated as Windows versions ... Java has been opensourced too.

>Compared to 5 years ago, WINE is no better.

WINE is far better than 5 years ago. There are nowadays other alternatives to achive things that WINE wanted to do then, and may be not an important goal today.

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

I don't buy this one. It may not be evolving as fast as we'd like, but it is improving anyway (see nVidia or AMD-ATI drivers and future plans).

>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.

Office has an Exchange integration that a lot of companies do need and that OpenOffice does not provide. Anyway, OpenOffice is now much better than it was 5 years ago ... weren't we talking about GNU/Linux ? You can run Microsoft Office under CrossOver Office (base upon WINE) or with VMware for example ... if you need to do it. No need to get tied to the underlaying OS anymore ...

>These are just my personal observations.

I don't agree. The previous ones were mine.

>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.

So if GNU/Linux is dying, why are there ex-Windows users running it ? That seems to me a growing user base.

>This leads to the ignorance of the majority of the
>users - the desktop users.

Each Internet surfer may be "using" a lot of GNU/Linux machines without even knowing it, desktop usage is just the more visible, not always the main one.

Why is desktop usage the more important ? You can now surf the web or play games without a PC at all. Mobile devices are also there, and Java is good at that market.

>2. Narrow it down to one package manager.
>3. Narrow it down to one desktop environment.

Why ? I'll never understand this self limiting approach to things ... variety does not assure as quality, but neither do it the lack of choices. Personally, I like to have more than one option for almost everything in life, and package managers or desktop environments are not different in that matter.

>4. Get games ported to Linux (see point 1).

A console would do it far better.

>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).

We're on the way to that. Open source hacks are reliable, though I agree that sometimes support is imcomplete for all the existent features.

>Just my honest thoughts. Don't get me wrong - I like
>Linux, I like it a lot.

I do not believe you, that's my honest opinion.

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