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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RE: Offensive
by deb2006 on Sat 27th Sep 2008 18:56 UTC in reply to "Offensive"
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I find Zemlin's statements to be offensive and untrue. It is true that Linux is gaining popularity but that doesn't mean that Solaris is dead. Dismissing ZFS and DTrace as "minor features" just points to his lack of understanding - they are huge. ZFS is far superior to ext3 in almost any way thinkable and features futuristic technology while ext3 is very outdated and basic in comparison. DTrace is a huge help to developers who actually use it. Solaris is also incredibly reliable.

Linux has it's adantages (larger user base, easier to install & set up, slightly larger base of software available) but Solaris, BSD and other open-source UNIX-like OSes still have their places.


Nope. It's neither untrue nor offensive. It's simply the world as it is. ext3 is _one_ file system for Linux - which you'd certainly not compare to zfs. But comparing xfs and lvm with zfs is a completely different thing. See.

"Solaris is incredible reliable". Yes, sir. My Debian installation is also incredible reliable ...

What is the place for OpenSolaris then? I fail to see it. Please explain. (Don't get me wrong: zfs and dtrace are great - but simply not enough. It's the whole picture thar counts. And in that matter there is a crystal clear advantage for Linux ;)

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