Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Nov 2011 20:45 UTC, submitted by Straylight
Oracle and SUN I just emerged, blinking, from the world of Skyrim, only to realise Sun Oracle has released the 11th version of Solaris (well, technically it's the 7th, but okay, we'll roll with it). I'll be honest and upfront about it: Solaris is totally out of my league, and as such, it's very hard for me to properly summarise what this release is all about, so I won't even try.
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by tony on Thu 10th Nov 2011 22:02 UTC
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A lot of it is "cloudwashing":

Verb: "Taking your product and contriving some kind of relevance to the blah blah cloud".

Solaris used to be the shit, but it became a basket case after the dotcom crash of 2000, especially with respect to x86.

Now, few people care. Even when it was hastily (and GPL-incompatibly) released as open source, it wasn't really embraced.

The greatest thing that came out of Solaris was ZFS, but its usefulness is limited by the fact that it was never GPL compatible, and now it's owned by Oracle (which a lot of IT shops avoid like the plague).

It's got an interesting future in FreeBSD, but again hampered by the lack of some awesome ZFS features (like encryption) that aren't in the FreeBSD release yet.

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