Linked by David Adams on Wed 24th Sep 2008 22:44 UTC, submitted by snydeq
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin has said it is time for Solaris to simply move out of the way and yield the future to Linux. 'The future is Linux and Microsoft Windows. It is not Unix or Solaris,' he claims, contending that Sun's strength in long-lifecycle apps is giving way to Linux, as evidenced by the rise of Web apps, where Linux holds a decided advantage, Zemlin claims. With capabilities such as ZFS and DTrace, Sun is trying to compete based on minor features, he says. 'That's literally like noticing the view from a third-story building as it burns to the ground.'
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"Suns biggest problem is that on x86 Linux runs better. On sparc Solaris is king cause they own the platform like Apple. BUT you get stuck. When you want to upgrade to faster hardware its way more cost effective to do it on x86. Also you can shop around and get the best price on x86 not being stuck with one vender. Same with most apps for Linux. Hey Red Hat doesn't give me the value I need then I can go to Suse or Ubuntu if I have a good Linux staff. Makes companies like Red Hat work harder to keep customers happy!"

Another cool thing with Solaris is that it is homogen and unified. If you are stuck on SPARC, what do you do then? Well, you buy a cheap x86 and just _recompile_. A simple recompile is all that needs if you want to change platform. On Linux you can not do that. It is not unified and homogen. And ZFS is endian neutral, with several patents. Just take the SPARC ZFS drive and tuck it into x86. Everything works. SUN has frozen the API and ABI since way back. SUN guarantees binary backwards compatibility back to Solaris v2.6. And now Solaris 10 is v5.10. Old drivers mostly works without problems. Linux changes everything all the time. Everything is an afterthought.

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