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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by Robert Escue on Sat 14th May 2005 18:11 UTC

And what exactly is the point to having the source code? Explain to us how this is an advantage over any OS? I see it as a potential vulnerability, just as the leak of Microsoft's Internet Explorer souce code yielded a number of difficult to eradicate exploits, and the leak of Cisco's IOS code could produce new exploits, Linux is one zero-day exploit from being rooted en-masse. The serious criminals and malicious users are just waiting for market penetration in the right sectors, and if you don't think it can happen, think again! Yes it sounds paranoid, but good security people are a little paranoid.

Closed source is not perfect, but it usually requires a great deal more effort to hack than to hand the source code over to anyone who wants it. So what is the benefits of having the source code again? If you are not a developer, an engineer, or a security analyst, the source code is useless.

Sun has had over twenty years to penetrate the market, the same as IBM and HP. In the area of the country I live in the vast majority of installed Unix servers are Sun, HP comes in second, and IBM a distant third. And with all of the woes HP is experiencing at the moment, gaining momentum is something they need to do if they are going to continue to be an enterprise player. Unless they want to become another Dell and sell Windows servers.

The "momentum" of Linux is based on people who are interested in using it and having it meet their needs. Community means nothing if nobody wants what your "community" is developing. It comes down to what can Linux do that Solaris (or AIX or HP-UX) can't, and if you have a large base of Sun< IBM, or HP hardware the decision is obvious (if you have a clue). Linux is not a panacea of software support either.