Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Nov 2007 19:49 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Erstwhile bitter rivals Dell and Sun Microsystems are set to announce that Sun's Solaris and OpenSolaris operating systems will be supported in all of Dell's servers. Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell and Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz plan to make the announcement during a joint appearance at the Oracle OpenWorld 2007 conference today.
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RE: Meaningless
by SReilly on Thu 15th Nov 2007 11:56 UTC in reply to "Meaningless"
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2006-12-28

As far as I'm concerned, Solaris has been on the wane for years. Many universities, who've long been big Sun hardware and Solaris users (one I knew was absolutely die-hard Sun), switched to Linux long ago because of better open source application support and cheaper hardware.


Although I'm a Sun fan, I have to agree with your assessment. Who hasn't heard of Sun Sites? Then again, I can't remember how long has it been since I connected to a Sun Site FTP server.

Ever since Sun lost their UNIX workstation market to that Linux 'upstart', they have been focusing on server site solutions. Yet, all that money they spent on University handouts gave only a short term return on investment. Like you say, Universities prefer the cheaper hardware option coupled with open source software. Sure, Solaris is now open source but it's a late comer compared to the BSDs and Linux.

All in all, Sun still dominates the corporate UNIX server and Java application server markets but as a workstation system, it's been a long time since anyone got really interested in Sun's offerings.

Hopefully OpenSolaris and project Indiana will help turn this around as it would be a shame to see this exceptional OS relegated to just the server market.

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RE[2]: Meaningless
by kaiwai on Thu 15th Nov 2007 14:02 in reply to "RE: Meaningless"
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2005-07-06

Hopefully OpenSolaris and project Indiana will help turn this around as it would be a shame to see this exceptional OS relegated to just the server market.


Although I'll be flamed to a crisp, the problem with Sun is this; they want to achieve something without doing anything, without investing any money, resources or people power - the net result, everything that comes close to improving the desktop experience falls to pieces.

Take Blastwave for example, its a great service, heaps of people use it, and yet, when the maintainer who owns it, was struggling to pay the bills - where was Sun? Why didn't they do anything to help a valuable community resource?

It goes further; there are some great employee's in Sun who have a can-do attitude, and really want to make Solaris succeed; and yet, there are a huge number who seem to allow their toxic personality to infect all areas of Sun and as a result harm any possibly relationship between Sun and the community.

There are a large number of programmers within China; and again, where is management within Sun encouraging and boosting the engineers confidence to get involved with the Solaris community?

Its a lack of leadership within Sun, and like I said, there always seem to be a lack of someone wiling to stand up within Sun and say, "this is our vision, this is where we want to go in the next 5 years, and by hell or high water, I'll drag this company kicking and screaming to that end target".

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v RE[3]: Meaningless
by Weeman on Thu 15th Nov 2007 15:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Meaningless"