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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Re: Let's get some perspective here
by David on Fri 13th May 2005 13:06 UTC

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.

Wow, really?

First lets look at the announcement, so ZFS and Janus will not deliver on time.

What do you mean "will not deliver on time?" They haven't delivered on time. Schwartz and Sun were happy to shout from the rooftops about Janus and the virtues of running all of your current applications, and gave everyone the impression that it would be a part of Solaris 10, as they did with ZFS as well.

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.

Well, not much:

http://news.com.com/Suns+Solaris+10+to+run+Linux+apps,+too/2100-734...
(+ various other links)

Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's former top software executive and now its chief operating officer, said he believes the Solaris-Linux technology will prove compelling to customers who want alternatives to Red Hat Linux, the dominant version of the open-source software and the one with the most compatibility certifications from software companies.

"In the data center," Schwartz said, "your Linux vendor just tripled their price. You cannot move. Your application is not certified to Debian," a Linux variant that hasn't achieved mainstream commercial success. Solaris provides that escape hatch, he said.


A hand goes up in the audience. "Can I run all of my current stuff on Solaris tomorrow, and will Sun help move my stuff to Debian if I want it?" Errrrrrrrrrrrr, no.

Quite what that Debian reference had to do with anything I don't know (are Sun doing Debian migrations these days?), but that's the level that we're working at here.

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.

Well you don't like Sun then, because that's exactly what they've done.