Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 13th May 2005 07:20 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Sun Microsystems has delayed the release of two major features the company has trumpeted as reasons to try its latest version of the Solaris operating system. Eric Schrock, a Solaris kernel programmer, said on his blog in April that he's "completely redesigning the ZFS commands from the ground up" after finding some deficiencies.
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Let's get some perspective here
by Robert Escue on Fri 13th May 2005 12:19 UTC

First lets look at the announcement, so ZFS and Janus will not deliver on time. Am I dissapointed, YES! If I was going to configure a machine with Solaris 10 connected to several terabytes of data and use ZFS, I would like to know that it will work and work as advertized. I would rather have Sun pull something that doesn't quite work than to include a feature that could trash data or hardware.

Unlike Microsoft, who never seems to learn their lesson about announcing new features and either not delivering on them or scaling them back, Sun (up until Solaris 10) doesn't seem to say much at all. In a conversation I had with Chris Ratcliffe we discussed the problem of Solaris administrators not knowing about new features of Solaris and basically how to "get the word out". Sun has added impressive functionality into their Solaris offerings, but unless you either stumble on the man page, run the command to see what it does, or hear about it from someone else, many have no idea the features exist. For years now it seemed to me that using Solaris was more like "digging for gold" to find those esoteric features. The Microsoft reference is nothing more than a cheap shot.

If ZFS does not work as it should, I applaud Sun's decision to pull it back and get it right. The disadvantage of increased awareness of your products is potentially negative publicity when you "fail to deliver". For the nay sayers and the Linux zealots, say whatever you like. I would prefer a company that errs on the side of caution than to release a product and back pedal when it doesn't work.