Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Aug 2010 19:14 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Due to me not working for OSNews these past eight weeks, I've been a bit out of the loop, as I didn't really follow technology news. I did notice that a lot is going on in OpenSolaris land, and today, Oracle has outlined what it has planned for Solaris 11 - and according to some, the fears about OpenSolaris' future were justified.
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RE: "superset" is nothing new
by segedunum on Fri 13th Aug 2010 17:16 UTC in reply to ""superset" is nothing new"
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Of course. OpenSolaris only came about because Sun wanted to try and tell people Solaris was open source when competing against Linux suppliers, whilst secretly not relinquishing any control whatsoever. So yes, OpenSolaris was always an inferior subset of Solaris.

That strategy obviously hasn't worked (Sun went bust) so Oracle and Ellison are going in the opposite direction - make Solaris, and SPARC on the hardware side, high end premium platforms to satisfy Ellison's ego trip of competing against IBM, so they're the equivalents to AIX and Power. Solaris on x86 is all but dead again once the dust settles.

It's a somewhat better strategy than the doomed one that Sun had for ten years in all honesty, which was to try and pretend that PCs, cheaper and more powerful x86 hardware and an open source 'Unix' in Linux would all disappear when they woke up in the morning.

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