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[7]: personal impressions...
by Kebabbert on Wed 22nd Jul 2009 08:25 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: personal impressions..."
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"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?"

If you compare the Desktop UI and the applications in OpenSolaris to Linux, there is no difference. But that is THE reason why OpenSolaris was being made. It should look similar to Linux, but offer an Server Enterprise OS with unique features for servers and developers.

If OpenSolaris didnt look similar to Linux, then there would be many more complaints. Trust me, this is a fact. For instance, Solaris has a different userland than GNU/Linux and there are lots of complaints "Solaris behaves strangely, it is not Linux". The answer is: "Correct observation, because it is Unix. Not Linux. Talk to real Unix gurus and _they_ think Linux behaves strangely". Somehow people think that Linux is the "original" and Unix is an offspring when it is in fact the opposite. SUN has to adopt to the changing market by releasing OpenSolaris. And now when OpenSolaris is similar to Linux, there are other complaints "why does OpenSolaris look like Linux??? I do not want that!!!". But, yes you do. You want it to look like Linux. Trust me.

As for JavaFX, I dont agree with you. To me it is natural that a company wants to satisfy the majority of it's customers. For instance, consider these scenarios where we have two different bugs that need to be adressed, one at a time. One bug affects a minority of your customer and the other affects the majority.
1) Address the minority of your customers first, and then take care of the bug that affects the majority.
2) Adress the majority first, and then take care of the bug that affects the minority.

If I were a manager, I would choose scenario 2) first. To me it is obvious, but I understand that there are people not sharing my view. JavaFX arrives first to Windows, then OpenSolaris. This is a correct strategic decision by SUN - and not dumb. In my point of view.

I rather prioritize a majority of people sick in the swine flue, and afterwards tend to the minority which has asthma, allergy, etc - than vice versa. The majority first, then the minority.

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