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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by kragil on Thu 25th Sep 2008 07:38 UTC
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He should have pointed out Linux strengths, but not Solaris weakness.

In 10 years time Linux will still be a viable choice on the server that is fairly certain.
Solaris on the other hand is _very_ dependent on Sun.
If Sun looses more money they won't be able to pay the 1000 engineers working on Solaris and Solaris will progress at a pace similar to Haiku.

So if you are conservative and you don't really need ZFS or Dtrace Linux is the better choice. That is what he should have said.

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