Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Dec 2005 19:29 UTC
General Unix A new study on the major players in the Unix server market has declared IBM the clear customer favorite and brought to light some serious issues with Sun Microsystems' product line. Most alarmingly for Sun, the company appears to have lost its cachet as the dominant Unix player and done so while alienating customers. Sun finished last in almost every one of the Gabriel Consulting Group survey's categories, spanning technology performance, customer satisfaction and software tools.
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Open Solaris works fine
by AndrewZ on Thu 15th Dec 2005 22:07 UTC
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2005-11-15

"There are a couple distributions of OpenSolaris, and they may be usable operating systems, but OpenSolaris(TM) is not. It is unusable sourcecode without a compiler, tools and preexisting operating system to build it on."

Open Solaris is in a pretty young and developing phase. It's great for getting early release stuff like XFS and Grub before the official Solaris release. I downloaded teh Schillix release a few weeks ago and it runs fine for what I want to do.

And you know, I think Solaris is a fine alternative to Linux. Who says Sun has to like Linux? Linux came along and almost cut Sun off at the knees. Now Sun is responding in a big way. I think over the next year we will see Sun making the case that Solaris does most of what Linux does but in a more reliable, more scalable, and more secure fashion. I look forward to the benchmarks.

Remember this, when there are alternatives to choose from, everybody wins. This is true even when there is an alternative to the alternative 8-)

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