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[6]: personal impressions...
by kawazu on Wed 22nd Jul 2009 06:38 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: personal impressions..."
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Hi there... ;)

I am not really trying to evangelize you. I am merely asking a question; have you ever seen the DTrace stuff being done earlier on any OS? No you havent. And wouldnt you find it useful, working as a developer?

Talking about DTrace, I find this quite useful actually for doing server-sided diagnostics. On the desktop, doing Java development, so far I simply haven't encountered situations in which using the debugging facilities provided by Eclipse or, even better, by NetBeans did leave me wanting/needing more. So I agree DTrace is cool, but so far I don't need it on my desktop. If this is subject to change, my operating system requirements will, too. ;)

I really dont understand your line of thought? ZFS is unique. DTrace is unique, just as you have read it can do unique things no other common OS has ever been able to do before in history.

ZFS indeed is unique and maybe _the_ killer feature I see in OpenSolaris (after all, that's why people usually are to point this out as the first argument "pro OpenSolaris"... ;) ). Yes, I want ZFS on a file server providing hundreds of gigabytes, or even terabytes, of disk space to a bunch of local users, and doing so without requiring me to worry about things like "how to share this mess?", "how to do RAID et al?" or "what to do if one drive fails?". However I still don't see the benefit ZFS provides on a mobile device with a single S-ATA disk unlikely to be really expanded as 99% of the features ZFS offers simply are lost / not required here. On a notebook which usually is short on resources no matter how new it is, I don't want to waste resources on features I don't need. ;)

No OS. And you call DTrace "no distinguishing feature"? You are joking. You have never seen anything like DTrace before in your entire life. Never.

Please, feel free to completely read my posts. ;) I know these features are unique. But they aren't from a desktop user point of view who just needs some UI to start NetBeans and maybe a web browser and a mail client. From that point of view, OpenSolaris is "just another GNOME based Unix distribution" (and, given I decide to use XFCE which I prefer for various reasons, I don't even have nautilus and Time Slider anymore, so it's even more vanilla).

And for instance, when you say that SUN should target JavaFX for OpenSolaris first and SUN is being "dumb" not to do so. Why in earth should SUN target JavaFX for OpenSolaris? The majority of the Java developers work on Windows.

This, overally, gives a Java developer one less reason to even look into OpenSolaris.

In MY point of view, SUN would be dumb if they didnt target the greatest Java market: Windows. First, pick low hanging fruit, and then at last, release JavaFX for smaller OSes. That is sound business strategy and not dumb?

Yes it does. Because it is narrow-minded and blind. Let me give you an example: I was doing quite some effort trying to convince my fellow developers that the Sun tool chain (including OpenSolaris) is good if you're a Java developer. Some eventually installed OpenSolaris to their workstations and also liked what they saw (indeed, running on a workstation which is not a notebook, OpenSolaris is a pretty nice citizen once all hardware is supported). Then, JavaFX finally appears, with the Java developers wanting to have a look. And now, all of a sudden, I am being asked why on earth JavaFX (Sun) atop Java(Sun) is released for virtually anything except for OpenSolaris(Sun)? To all those who, following my enthusiasm and inspiration, decided to use OpenSolaris, this decision now has ended up leaving them incapable of playing with the latest and greatest in Java RIA development just because of this decision. This is dumb, dumb, dumb! If trying to market JavaFX as a "developer tool" _and_ OpenSolaris as a "developer operating system", OpenSolaris just _has_ to be supported from the very first moment. Of course, one can focus on doing marketing for JavaFX, completely ignoring all the other products the same company is doing marketing for at the same time. But that doesn't sound very reasonable. And, overally, I wonder whether this kind of (IMHO) short-sighted marketing strategy might have to do with Suns recent, say, "business difficulties"...

You know, I really dont understand how you think.

Because you just picked some of my statements and commented them without bothering reading all the text I wrote. This is good for you, of course, but of course this way you aren't likely to understand. ;)

So, again, a simple question. Take some up-to-date GNU/Linux distribution and a current OpenSolaris installment, and just compare the desktop UI and the applications bundled with them (i.o.w. no command-line tools like dtrace and no system infrastructure like ZFS). What, exclusively talking about the _desktop_ sphere, does OpenSolaris offer that the GNU/Linux distribution doesn't?

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