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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understand the basics
by Anonymous on Sat 14th May 2005 17:28 UTC

Solaris already has tons of momentum in a huge installed base. The community is already there. The pilot program has very enthusiastic people in it. Opening the source code will only push this further."

if solaris had the momentum already SUN would never even think of opensourcing it. SUN is losing heavily due to Linux and this is their idea of striking back...

ISVs would _love_ OpenSolaris. It's APIs are consistent, QA against new releases is easy, Solaris is very well documented for newbies and old farts alike, and it is generally a pretty clean system. Even in Solaris 10, with a gutted and replaced init system, compatibility is still retained. "

you mean like oracle switching over to Red Hat or Novell who have given ISV's same consistent ABI. Kernel internal API is none of ISV's business. The above layers and things like the GNOME fork called "Java" Desktop system which is NOT ABI compatible with the upstream version. SUN finally managed to ditch their proprietary X fork for Xorg which is pretty much the same everyone in Linux and BSD. are you talking about samba?. what other sub systems are ABI compatible that Linux vendors dont ?

"People who criticize the CDDL don't understand just how easy it is for ISVs to play along. "

you mean for those open source people to feed in code to "open" solaris so that ISV's can take advantage?

"The full spectrum of ISVs are accomodated, from the most OSS-friendly ones to ones with trade secrets to ones so old-fashioned OSS is forbidden. "

you mean proprietary vendors would be eager to develop proprietary kernel modules for SUN?. that can be done for BSD too. whats the idea here?