Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Apr 2007 23:18 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris "Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz loves to splatter the media with the line that Windows, Red Hat Linux and Solaris stand as the only operating systems of significance in the server kingdom. We've spent the last few years struggling to appreciate the seriousness of that claim. Sun's declining system sales failed to inspire much optimism about the company conquering the data centers of tomorrow with a deflating 'venerable' OS. A couple of recent items, however, have tweaked our view of Schwartz's favored claim. It could well be that Solaris - of all things - provides the 'iPod moment' Sun seeks." In the meantime, Sun upped the speed of some of its SPARC chips.
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RE[2]: Bring it on!
by sbergman27 on Wed 4th Apr 2007 14:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Bring it on!"
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Sorry, but this argument doesn't hold water. Even if you got past licensing, the driver model for Solaris and *BSDs is extremely different from that of Linux. You would pretty much have to rewrite most drivers from scratch to get them working.

I would be interested in further commentary from others on this point. The reason I made that statement is that sometime back I made a comment arguing your point. i.e. I was contending the the internals were so different that almost nothing could be shared, for technical, rather then legal reasons.

Someone, I can't remember who it was, disagreed with me on the point that drivers could not have significant portions of code shared. It was someone that I felt probably had a better technical grasp of the situation than did I. It may have been Butters or Rayiner, but like I say, I can't remember for sure.

But I would be interested in further informed commentary on the matter.

Edited 2007-04-04 14:41

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