Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 17th Aug 2006 02:54 UTC, submitted by george
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y OpenSolaris isn't a true open-source project, but rather a "facade," because Sun Microsystems doesn't share control of it with outsiders, executives from rival IBM say.
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mario
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2005-07-06

Marvellous analysis, kaiwai. Brilliant conclusions, of which I particularly liked: IBM will look at this as a customer lost; they're not going to buy any services because IBM refuses to participate and help port OpenSolaris to the POWER architecture, and IBM will also lose out on middleware sales because, well, according to their last PR announcement, "Solaris isn't ready for prime time" - so effectively their whole 'loss of hardware, profit on middleware and services model' will fall over.

If Sun is smart, they're going to push OpenSolaris even more and further. The quality of OpenSolaris is such that it will penetrate ever more business ecosystems and mindshare is growing.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

If Sun is smart, they're going to push OpenSolaris even more and further. The quality of OpenSolaris is such that it will penetrate ever more business ecosystems and mindshare is growing.

And what to know the really cool part? even with the various other distributions out there, like GNU Solaris and Sun Solaris, the OpenSolaris communities all benefit from the input that each other put into producing a distribution.

It has all the benefits of FreeBSD, but with corporate backing in the way of resources, R&D and so forth.

Having had a look at GNUSolaris (currently at Alpha 5), all I can say is that I am incredibly excited about the eventual release; a Solaris distribution that will be 100% on par with the desktop oriented linux distributions out there - as a side issue, yes KDE and GNOME will both be supported on it.

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