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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Re: Open Solaris works fine
by AndrewZ on Thu 15th Dec 2005 23:34 UTC
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But don't forget, once one business becomes a monopoly everbody loses.

Our goals should be to help the competing alternatives survive, not support the tired old monopolies.

Sun probably has more money than RedHat, Debian, Slackware, Mandriva, Ubuntu, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Knoppix, Mepis, YellowDog, Gentoo, WhiteBox, Crux, Puppy, YellowTab, ReactOS, Syllable, Schillix, AmigaOS, Foresight, Xandros, and rPath combined.

Is there a reason y'all like supporting the monopoly over these little guys? Were they more stable, faster, cheaper, more open than their competition, or do they just have a name you can remember?

I don't see how you sould possibly imply that Sun has or will have a monopoly. They provide an excellent alternative to Linux. But they can never replace Linux to the extent of having a monopoly.

And yes, they have a lot more money than all those "little guys". You want some reasons why? Sun has been around for 20+ years. They are a diversified company which includes hardware, software, and services.

Many of the companies you list are simply NICHE players and will always be small. I have run Red Hat, YellowDog, BeOS, MacOS. This season I am running my stuff on Solaris and I really like it and I like the direction it is going. I kind of liked Red Hat but I didn't like getting dicked around with the whole Fedora thing.

I don't think that will happen with Solaris. I can't wait to try out XFS, and Zones, and the optimizing Sun C compiler, and Grid computing, and Xen and Grub, all with Solaris. There's a lot there and as an added benefit really large companies use Solaris and that's where the IT jobs are.

In my part fo the country there are few jobs for Linux development. All that stuff gets outsourced.

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