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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You've got a point, though AIX is still doing pretty strongly in the banking space. Considering how the banking space is doing though, that doesn't really mean much at the moment. ;-)

I always found Solaris a strange beast. I've only ever seen it outperform AIX once in the DB arena but that was with a strange custom app with db/flatfile hybrid backend (!?!). Obviously the app was highly optimized for Solaris on SPARC but it does prove that it can be done.

As for Linux adoption, it's currently sky rocketing among former Solaris houses. I've been speaking to some Sun engineers here in Luxembourg and they've been telling me all kinds of horror stories of people jumping ship ever since the company has been up for sale. So many of them are worried about losing their jobs, it's really not a pretty sight.

I guess we'll have to wait and see if the acquisition by Oracle will actually chnage any of that.

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