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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Some relevant poinst, but mostly FUD
by Almindor on Thu 25th Sep 2008 09:48 UTC
Almindor
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2006-01-16

This guy should be kicked.. if he's payed for the job that is. I'm participating in a small "niche" project (much smaller than anything on the OS field) so I know the position of the "forgotten underdog" quite well.

Linux is nice, and he has some points in regards to general users' views about Solaris (I also think it's pretty much irrelevant to me, and I don't really care about ZFS or DTrace even if I'm a dev, but then I'm not an OS dev).

However the whole message is a FUD. Saying that "project X is dead or irrelevant" in OSS is just FUD. No project is dead or irrelevant in OSS, not even projects which are "formally" dead. Why's that? Simple:

1. The source is there so someone can pick up
2. They probably do things in different way at some point which can be quite important for general progress

So, FUD alarm from me, we should probably hatemail this guy. I'm a Linux user btw, but this is "teh sh!t".

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Comment by Traumflug
by Traumflug on Thu 25th Sep 2008 10:38 in reply to "Some relevant poinst, but mostly FUD"
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2008-05-22

The future is Linux and Microsoft Windows. It is not Unix or Solaris.

What a nonsense.

- MS Windows is clearly on the decline. While it still holds a bold market share majority, more and more companies escape the iron grip and offer alternatives. See Eee PC, see Dell's Linux, see IBM's Linux, ...

- To the best of my knowledge, I can't see how traditional Unixes (remember, Linux is a Unix derivate as well) hobbles the development of Linux as a kernel or Linux distributions as more complete environments. Much open source stuff runs on AIX, IRIX, HP/UX, Solaris as well, giving more perspective and fixing more bugs. On both sides.

- He totally forgot about Mac OS X. It's market share went from 3% to 9% over the last few years.

The gentleman doing such cheap and dirty claims is director of the Linux Foundation? This doesn't shade a good light on Free Open Source Software as a whole.

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