Linked by David Adams on Wed 24th Sep 2008 22:44 UTC, submitted by snydeq
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin has said it is time for Solaris to simply move out of the way and yield the future to Linux. 'The future is Linux and Microsoft Windows. It is not Unix or Solaris,' he claims, contending that Sun's strength in long-lifecycle apps is giving way to Linux, as evidenced by the rise of Web apps, where Linux holds a decided advantage, Zemlin claims. With capabilities such as ZFS and DTrace, Sun is trying to compete based on minor features, he says. 'That's literally like noticing the view from a third-story building as it burns to the ground.'
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FUD
by membrain on Wed 24th Sep 2008 22:59 UTC
membrain
Member since:
2008-06-19

If this were slightly more delicately worded (not as offensive), it could be just typical Microsoft FUD. Kinda eerie to hear something like this from someone representing Linux (how representative is it anyway?)

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RE: FUD
by WereCatf on Wed 24th Sep 2008 23:06 in reply to "FUD"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Kinda eerie to hear something like this from someone representing Linux (how representative is it anyway?)

Agreed. I found his words pretty offensive even though I don't use Solaris or any other OS except for Linux and Windows. I'd say having even the slightest competition is good overall, it'll push everyone ever more forth. It also creates an interesting landscape for OS enthusiasts to explore. I haven't ever tried Solaris personally, but I have never heard anyone claiming it's inferior to Linux in any way either.

I have a feeling I am not alone in my feelings and I dare to estimate that his opinion is not representing the majority of Linux users.

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RE: FUD
by phanboy_iv on Wed 24th Sep 2008 23:18 in reply to "FUD"
phanboy_iv Member since:
2007-09-25

Why's he worried? If Solaris is actually "burning to the ground"(which is highly doubtful), why not just shut up and let them?

Methinks the gentleman doth protest too much.

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RE[2]: FUD
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 25th Sep 2008 16:50 in reply to "RE: FUD"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Why's he worried? If Solaris is actually "burning to the ground"(which is highly doubtful), why not just shut up and let them?

Methinks the gentleman doth protest too much.


I was thinking the same thing. The timing is a bit suspect - this is the first period in my IT career that Sun actually appears to have their excrement together. They're finally seem to have some forward momentum again, as opposed to directionless floundering they had been doing since the late 90s.

If anything, I think Solaris appears less dead/dying than it has for a decade.

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