Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Jul 2009 19:16 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris The Linux desktop has come a long way. It's a fully usable, stable, and secure operating system that can be used quite easily by the masses. Not too long ago, Sun figured they could do the same by starting Project Indiana, which is supposed to deliver a complete distribution of OpenSolaris in a manner similar to GNU/Linux. After using the latest version for a while, I'm wondering: why?
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RE[2]: Reality check ....
by cade on Tue 21st Jul 2009 06:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Reality check ...."
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Greetings adricnet.

"It seems like you are arguing more for people to respect Sun and their work, rather than why anyone other than a Solaris developer would want to run OpenSolaris."

--> Yes, it appears I got abit emotional from the developer point-of-view. More broadly speaking, I feel Sun has the innovation "bug" and it's good that a charged-up community exists to allow us to have access to an alternative operating system that has interesting (and even industry-setting) features. I suppose what I failed to stress was "watch this space" as I hope/expect (Open)Solaris to be making waves in the future and also that Solaris has a proven commercial track record (mostly server space ?), implying a mature platform that any user should seriously consider as a "bonus", that may only need to be morphed here-and-there by the community (as time goes on by) to reach an ideal desktop/workstation experience.

Also, "Sun and their work" have stood out for me since I keep remembering years ago as an OS/2 user when IBM let the OS/2 platform rot. I would have liked to see OS/2 supported as a mainstream OS up there with the likes of Solaris,AIX,HP-UX,etc. Can you imagine if the relatively mature OS/2 was released as open-source and even one tenth of the Linux opensource effort was applied to OS/2 ... would have been interesting.
Reading info on the enthusiastic OpenSolaris community reminds me of what OS/2 wasn't but may have been if BIG BLUE had "liked" it's own product line rather than simply selling out and going for the quick buck with Microsoft product sales. As, such I am suspicious of IBM even with it's recent "love" for Linux.

"I'm mostly inclined to agree with all that, but it's too late, mate. SUNW is no more."

--> Yes, I would have liked Sun to be independent, more "pure" and free from potential contamination. We'll see soon what's Oracle's deal.

"Perhaps more on topic, as a Linux sysadmin and general fiddler of shiny knobs, the desktop distribution is an easier way for me to try and wrap my brain around Solaris and is certainly all around more pleasant than any previous release of Solaris/Intel. As more of the production installed Solaris base moves to the new stuff, it'll be better for everyone, but in the meantime ... it's been nice to try out zfs and smf and such.

The network driver situation has mostly prevented me from trying to use an OpenSolaris/Nextena/StormOS install for anything, but I will keep trying the new releases as I do want to see how it comes along."

--> Let's hope (Open)Solaris get's more shiny as the future arrives.

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