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: same experience,
by glynnfoster on Tue 21st Jul 2009 16:22 UTC in reply to "same experience,"
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Why do you think it fell flat? There's now 3 releases, with incremental improvement each time. I think you're also forgetting a couple of things

- Solaris was a significant amount of code to open source - 30,000 individual files, 10 million lines of code. While development did have a 'community culture' internally, it was a pretty big effort to move that process externally.

- OpenSolaris contains a huge amount of change to Solaris 10, with a lot of new technologies that are starting to change the way software is delivered to the hands of the user. Yep, IPS can be a little underwhelming at times (purely by the stuff that hasn't yet been implemented), but its a drastic improvement to what was there before with SVr4 packaging and manageability around software updates.

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