Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Sep 2013 22:04 UTC, submitted by garyd
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ZFS is the world's most advanced filesystem, in active development for over a decade. Recent development has continued in the open, and OpenZFS is the new formal name for this open community of developers, users, and companies improving, using, and building on ZFS. Founded by members of the Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and illumos communities, including Matt Ahrens, one of the two original authors of ZFS, the OpenZFS community brings together over a hundred software developers from these platforms.

ZFS plays a major role in Solaris, of course, but beyond that, has it found other major homes? In fact, now that we're at it, how is Solaris doing anyway?

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I work for the Oracle (Sun) partner company. It's the only such partner in my country, but it's been that way for 20 years now. So, our influence is not wide - but where we exists, it's crticial and crucial.
The development of Solaris goes on well. Important software for it is found everywhere. For example, big vendors form other fields (say, large scale networking devices) are producing software to control their equipment and that software still comes in Solaris versions.
From the field, I can tell you the sales of Sun hardware and software has been tremendeously cut down once Oracle took over. We had very tough 24 months but it's not like that anymore. Our customers continue buying Oracle servers (not as much as they bought Sun servers) and thus employing new versions of Solaris. Heck, my team is being pushed to have every man certified for Solaris 11.1 as soon as possible.
So, saying Solaris is "drop dead" cannot be accepted by me as a person who earns his salary through Solaris expertise. However, I'm not the one to say Solaris will never die - the fully libre GNU/Linux will overtake everything (while not-so-libre Java/Linux will not).
I'd say, in 10 years GNU/Linux will be the only significant operating system in the world and software engineers will be able to move from Operating Systems onto other fields in need of free spirit (proprietary VoIP protocols?). Until then, Solaris will probably do well.
P.S. I earn my money from GNU/Linux too ;-)

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