Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Apr 2007 14:08 UTC, submitted by flanque
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "One reason that people might choose to miss out on OpenSolaris is because we're (in general) a conservative lot and a lot of people have had bad experiences with Solaris (and, dare we say it, also with Windows and Linux) in the past. No matter how much software and UI improves, it takes ages for the community to accept this. A reputation that took years to build can be lost with one bad release - but won't be quickly reinstated with one good one. So there will always be people who resist change - and why not, if what they have now works for them. However, various people pointed us at Ubuntu and 'an OpenSolaris-based distro focused specifically on developers'. So perhaps things have improved for Solaris lately and, as I said in the original article, it's now worth another look."
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Solaris vs top Linux distros
by Luminair on Fri 13th Apr 2007 18:29 UTC
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Solaris vs Red Hat, or Solaris vs Ubuntu... x86 Solaris is getting there, week by week.

The driver support is swiss cheese and old software components still have wires hanging out as they are replaced by new ones... but it is getting there.

If you look at the roadmap and plans for the project, Sun and the community are being super pro-active.

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RE: Solaris vs top Linux distros
by kaiwai on Sat 14th Apr 2007 04:29 in reply to "Solaris vs top Linux distros"
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If you look at the road map and plans for the project, Sun and the community are being super pro-active.

There is also a tonne of stuff happening behind the scenes as well - its just a pitty to some degree that Sun doesn't evangelise almost every piece of code which has been added, and every new device being supported.

One has to remember also the amount of work it took to re-hire new programmers to write code, get the x86 group back up and running - its only been two years; from dead project to viable product line up. I don't know about you, but its bloody remarkable the turn around.

OpenSolaris will get there, and as more programmers come on board, you'll find that OpenSolaris will be a viable replacement for those who dismissed it earlier, but also as a workstation for those users who want a UNIX operating system.

If you grab the latest OpenSolaris (b61), it is rock solid - the great thing with Sun; when things are integrated into Solaris, they're actually tested and work, rather than what I see in other projects where things 'merge first, sort out the bugs later'.

IIRC, the Next Solaris Express Developer Edition is going to be released soon, and it'll be based on the best bits from build 63/64 of OpenSolaris, and IIRC, the aim is to get JDS/GNOME 2.18 into build 65 of OpenSolaris, which includes some big bug fixes and changes.

Couple that with KDE 4.0 officially supporting OpenSolaris once it has been ported to Studio 11 compilers, you'll see a bigger ground swell of end users coming to OpenSolaris - it takes time. For Sun its weighing up adding features for existing customers, adding features to get new customers and adding features to OpenSolaris that'll benefit users for the sake of just being nice :-)

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