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: WTF???
by dvzt on Fri 24th Jul 2009 17:43 UTC in reply to "WTF???"
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The author then moves on to the usual OpenSolaris complaints about the lack of software in the repositories. Again no specifics as to what is missing in the way of software. For that matter why doesn’t the author take the time to compile the software he wants himself? I have asked this question before and was shouted down for even suggesting such a thing. For that matter why doesn’t the author or the other people who complain stand up and say “I will contribute to the effort and compile “enter software title here” and put it in the repository”? It is easy to complain, but not so easy to do something. How much of a geek are you if you can’t compile your own software?

You can try it yourself, but you'll see that a lot of common open source software either won't compile on (Open)Solaris at all, or it will require a lot of effort to make it compile. Why? Because most of OSS was developed on Linux, which is *not* fully POSIX compliant, even if Linux folks like to claim it is.

What user experience? Again no real frame of reference other than mentioning the user experience is better using Fedora, OpenSUSE and Ubuntu.

OpenSolaris' main goal insn't about user experience, Thom just doesn't (want to) realise that.

Why was this published in the first place?

Here's why:

Because of lower incomes, OS news authors are resorting to very poor flame-bait articles (and other crap). They have zero value, but guarantee a few more ad viewers.

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