Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Aug 2007 17:28 UTC, submitted by vondur
Linux "Don't expect to see key features of OpenSolaris showing up in the Linux kernel," said a top Linux maintainer. At his LinuxWorld opening keynote, Andrew Morton made it very clear that the appointment of former OSDL CTO and Debian co-founder Ian Murdock to Sun's OS platforms organization will not translate into a merging between the open source version of Solaris Unix with Linux. He didn't mince words. "It's a great shame that OpenSolaris still exists. They should have killed it," said Morton, addressing one attendee's question about the possibility of Solaris' most notable features being integrated into the kernel. "It's a disappointment and a mistake by Sun." Morton said none of those features - Zones, ZFS, DTrace - will end up in the Linux kernel because Sun refuses to adopt the GPL.
Thread beginning with comment 262105
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Wait there's more
by ThanhLy on Thu 9th Aug 2007 21:09 UTC
ThanhLy
Member since:
2006-03-14

Someone should really post the keynote in its entirety. I went hunting for more of his speech and other sites have more quotes from it. I found one:

http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3693071

Regarding Sun's Dtrace, Morton said he suspected that Linux's SystemTap was a similar function.


The quote that started this mess, plus the bit that ZDNet DID NOT publish in the link above:

"I think it's a great shame that OpenSolaris still exists," he continued. "I wish they had killed it. They've fragmented the non-windows OS world and for no reason. There is no reason why they couldn't have gone to Linux."


What surprised me is he said "they've fragmented a non-windows OS world and for no reason." By that logic I guess I can say Linus should have just stuck with Minix huh?

Reply Score: 5

RE: Wait there's more
by renox on Thu 9th Aug 2007 22:05 in reply to "Wait there's more"
renox Member since:
2005-07-06

[[What surprised me is he said "they've fragmented a non-windows OS world and for no reason." By that logic I guess I can say Linus should have just stuck with Minix huh?]]

Bah, the implicit assumption is the 'Free' OS world as after all he is talking about the open-sourcing of Solaris, and Minix wasn't Free.

Your remark would have been correct if you have said BSD instead of Minix though.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[2]: Wait there's more
by ThanhLy on Thu 9th Aug 2007 22:26 in reply to "RE: Wait there's more"
ThanhLy Member since:
2006-03-14

Bah, the implicit assumption is the 'Free' OS world as after all he is talking about the open-sourcing of Solaris, and Minix wasn't Free.

Your remark would have been correct if you have said BSD instead of Minix though.


I stand by my remark. Morton's implication was that OpenSolaris shouldn't have forked from Solaris. Linux was derived from Minix. So what I'm getting at is, why does Morton think the OpenSolaris fork is wrong, but Link forking from Minix is ok? Granted, Linux today looks nothing like what it did when Linus first parted it from Minix. Who's to say OpenSolaris won't be radically different from Solaris years from now?

Reply Parent Score: 2