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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rajan r: there is a problem with your chain of thoughts:
by mario on Wed 20th Nov 2002 14:29 UTC

That I doubt. Sure Solaris 9 was a big improvement over 8, but the difference isn't all that big. Solaris isn't moving that fast. I'm not talking about the main kernel repository. There are plenty of things that are being done outside kernel.org that gives Linux a bigger competitive egde.

The problem is, we all know that Linux is just the kernel. And I was really talking about the kernel. Userland, that can work on most any Unix platform. In other words, all Unices are on the same level, more or less. In fact, as you know, StarOffice, Mozilla, GIMP, XMMS and Freeciv (assorted list of applications) run on Solaris just as they do on Linux.

If you want to discuss the management tools, yes, Linux has progressed and it finally has, for example, logical volume management, although rather primitive. Contrast that to the fact that Solaris has available two excellent systems (Solaris Volume Manager, was Solstice, and Veritas VM). But if I may, for once, make a prediction, I guess Veritas will be proted to Linux sooner or later. Did I make your day? But there are other system management tools that are missing from Linux.

If we talk about Linux the kernel, it still has a lot to catch up with the goodies from Solaris.