Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 19th Nov 2002 09:24 UTC
Oracle and SUN This past year has been a breakthrough for Sun for both their Linux and Solaris products. The most intriguing news of all is possibly the challenge Sun poses to Microsoft with their Desktop Initiative announced a couple of months ago. We spoke to Bill Moffitt, Product Line Manager of the Solaris Lifecycle, about Linux, the desktop and Solaris. Update: Bill Moffitt replies on our forums.
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The same goes for Star/OpenOffice which, according to Moffitt, might not offer all the Microsoft Office features, but is still plenty robust for 99% of users out there.

Well, finally someone admits that. Though I don't agree with the "99%" figure. Of all the people I know, 2 only can dump Windows. Which is me (*blush*) and a friend (who BTW uses Office 95, with Windows 95 on a 486, I doubt Sun is targeting that group of users that had just dump WordStar...).

But then 40% of the time, I still use Office? Why? 60% of the time, I use KOffice. It is small, light, easy to use, and very productive. If you use little features that is. When I need more features, I normally rather use Office on Windows than OpenOffice.org (or StarOffice). Office is much more intuitive, less annoying, way more faster and crahses less often. Oh why am I talking about this? I need to get out more often.

Evidently, Sun employees use it daily and have no problems with the feature-set or with the exchange of .doc or .xls files via email with external sources.

Evidently, Sun rarely uses the .xls and .doc formats :-) And of course, for sure Sun employees didn't use Office in a long time, so they make do with what they have....

OSNews was also told that Sun will not commit Solaris code to the Linux kernel (Solaris is known to have one of the best, if not the best, SMP scalability in the industry with the only real competition coming from HP-UX and IRIX).

Not suprisingly, this isn't the first time they said that. Besides, Linux don't need much SMP capablity, they are to be going (well, it seems now) the NUMA route.... Besides, SGI and HP are there to help, who needs Sun? :-)

"Linus Torvalds and the community are doing a fine job on it. Sun will not attempt to hijack the open nature of the Linux kernel in any proprietary direction,"

Adding SMP code into the Linux kernel (the one at kernel.org) isn't hijacking. It is contributing. If that is called hijacking, wow, Linux was hijacked a lot then :-). Sun however can't force its code into the kernel. They have to use the same process every other contributor (including IBM, mind you) uses.

Distinguishing Sun's Linux policy with IBM's, is important to Moffitt. IBM is endorsing Linux at the cost of not evolving AIX anymore, and this is not what Sun plans for Solaris.

Actually, AIX is evolving still (slowly), but IBM is investing to make Linux as good, if not better than AIX to replace it totally one day. I think Sun should do that too. Becuase in 5-10 years, looking at Sun's and Linux's pace, Sun's competitive egde would be watered down. Plus with Red Hat's plan to conquer Sun before Microsoft... Sun should drive up Linux ala IBM.

Having this very controlled update from Sun ensures they get support and a guarantee that everything works as it should.

Does that guarantee also includes a warranty?......

Sun encourages programming in Java 2 (Sun has created bindings and widgets so Java apps now look like Gnome/GTK+ apps!)

Suprise suprise! Not. Sun should push GTK+ over Java because Java gives Sun little competitive egde in terms of their OS. Unless a product needs to be available at other platforms, I don't see any reason why it should be in Java. It isn't the fastest thing around.

So Eugenia, this is the scoop? :-) Well, it just confirmed what we have guessed (and critized) all alonng...