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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RE: My opinion about SUN
by dL on Tue 19th Nov 2002 22:25 UTC

"I may understand that GNOME may be interesting for little kids that play at home with their style and eye-candy tricks on GNOME but here in my company I have to deal with serious customer informations and material." [Bernhard Sumner]

Are you exclusively referring to Gnome2 for Sun?

I don't understand this at all. Red Hat 8.0 uses the Gnome2 desktop with Evolution, Mozilla and OpenOffice, and it's pretty rock solid. I have it running on a 266 MHz PII laptop for weeks (meaning no reboots), and it has not crashed (the desktop or the operating system). I've been using Evolution for over a year now -- it's unbelievably stable, and it gets the job done plus much more. Mozilla 1+ is extremely stable, and it's the most compliant browser out there, plus it truly does render fast (although it's a memory hog). Galeon is also just as stable, and it's less resource hungry, and Opera has many nice pluses of it's own (namely, AA fonts). This looks like a serious desktop to me.

CVS snapshots...

As far as I understand, the latest CVS snapshots are development versions and are entitled to have problems -- development is all about making changes and improvements, and the code is not ready for production use.

"Well we will wait and see what happens with GNOME and SUN and if it doesn't go better then we may switch from Solaris/CDE (GNOME) to WindowsXP or maybe KDE after we made a clear test with the components" [Bernhard Sumner]

KDE3 has much more eye candy than Gnome2, plus KDE3 uses much more memory than Gnome2. Much complexity has been removed from Gnome2 while KDE3 keeps adding new features. These are facts, not opinion. So again, I don't understand what you're talking about.

"@Anonymous, yes Windows XP has eyecandy too but it's productive. Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook Professional...) Supports a variety of Hardware. And it still dominates 90-95% of the Desktop marketshare. You get work done easily, fast, effective." [Bernhard Sumner]

MS dominates becauses it sucked people into useing their proprietery file formats. Windows was a toy OS and it is still a toy OS. Also, except for the fact that Star Office 6.0 has an ugly interface, it is intuitively clear how to do all common tasks with it, and it does everything that a business needs for office productivity. It will never import/export .doc files 100%, and that's expected when the file format is proprietery. Maybe it's time for people to realize this and stop supporting MS's formats.