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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Microsoft, hire this guy. Now.
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 25th Sep 2008 00:10 UTC
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

Seriously. Him and Steve will get along just great. I feel disgusted that this guy claims to be a "Linux representative." Get him out of here. Go "represent" Microsoft instead.

Competition is good. I use Linux (ditched Windows), and still see a lot of good stuff in Solaris. It ain't going anywhere, and doesn't need to; it's here to stay. Solaris was late to the desktop arena, but its first release is here, and I recall hearing not too long ago its second release is moving along well. I fully expect it to continue to improve.

Sure, maybe it's going a bit slow, but Linux didn't get to where it is today on the desktop fast either. Unless this year is the fabled Year of Linux on the Desktop I've been hearing about for years now.

I also find it ironic that this moron didn't mention Mac OS X which, last I checked, is a certified UNIX and is more widespread than Linux. Okay, only by a small percent, but still more.

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Hakime Member since:
2005-11-16

"I also find it ironic that this moron didn't mention Mac OS X which, last I checked, is a certified UNIX and is more widespread than Linux. Okay, only by a small percent, but still more."

Well, if we refer to the last data published by Net Applications in July 2008, Mac OS X represented 7.94% of the market, Linux while in growth represented only 0.8%. That's definitely not only a small percent more, but roughly 10 times more.

And Zemlin should really see those numbers, that will certainly help him to come back to the reality and make him stop thinking that Linux became suddenly the only choice over Windows.

And by the way, should we recall him that without Unix, Linux would not be where it is now, so saying offensive words on the death of UNIX is not what i could call gratitude to the UNIX world, world that Linux itself is part of.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/operatingsystems/showA...

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Well, if we refer to the last data published by Net Applications in July 2008, Mac OS X represented 7.94% of the market, Linux while in growth represented only 0.8%.

While I don't wish to contribute to this Unix and Unix-like OS family feud, I would point out that the topic at hand is server use and not desktop use. So the Net Applications numbers are completely irrelevant here. I'm not sure I'd be inviting prevalence comparisons between Linux and OSX in that segment if I were you.

Edited 2008-09-25 02:58 UTC

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collinm Member since:
2005-07-15

linux have 4% of the desktop market...

source: gartner
http://ca.biz.yahoo.com/ibd/080807/tech.html?.v=1

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