Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Mar 2009 11:48 UTC, submitted by PLan
In the News In a move that would certainly shake up the computer industry quite a bit, IBM is reportedly in talks with Sun Microsystems about the possibility of IBM acquiring Sun. Sun is going through hard times at the moment, and has been actively looking for someone to be acquired by.
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RE[3]: Will OpenSolaris survive?
by kryogenix on Wed 18th Mar 2009 21:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Will OpenSolaris survive?"
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IBM will do what Sun should have done years ago if this actually materialises - start progressively ditching Solaris, and AIX fully, and share the costs by using Linux. It's also what Novell should have done with Netware, but haven't, and they will go the same way.

Hate to break it to you but Linux is still not as scalable as Solaris or AIX.

It's also not quite as rock-solid in a fileserver/domain controller role as Netware was. It was very hard to kill Netware 3.12 or Netware 4.

All of these operating systems also have something Linux doesn't. A stable API/ABI that doesn't change every kernel revision. Of course most Linux fanbois call that a feature.

I love open source OS's and software, don't get me wrong, but my love is for the one true original open source UNIX. BSD.

GNU/Linux is NOT a magic bullet to the world's problems and is chock full of plenty of flaws just like any other platform.

Wishful thinking. IBM is not interested in acquiring technology that, quite frankly, isn't that brilliant and that people have been gradually moving from for the past ten years. They're only interested in acquiring a customer base for a knock-down price.

Sun has plenty of brilliant technologies, some of them are even in Solaris. DTrace, zones, ZFS, etc.

Just because a bunch of people can clone the functionality and offer it for free does NOT make the free product better. Just because you can poach that product's users with your free buggy implementation doesn't make your product better. Show me some REAL functionality that has appeared out of a vacuum in Linux? If you say GNOME I'll slap you.

Where's the killer features GNU/Linux has that no other free UNIX or commercial UNIX has?

It's unfortunate that SPARC hasn't caught on seeing as how it's an open platform where you wouldn't have to license the damn instruction set to make your own version.

Just because Sun can't dump $4,000,000,000,000 into polishing a slow horrible turd of a CPU architecture until it hits the 5GHz mark doesn't mean that anything non-x86 is crap.

Just because Linux is free doesn't necessarily make it "better" than real SysV or BSD.

While Linux has a cool development model that ensures fairly rapid innovation, it falls over in many situations because of it. Nothing ever has time to fully mature before it's replaced with a new and fairly buggy re-implementation. Nothing is truly polished. It feels like a giant beta release all the time. BSD isn't quite as bad.

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