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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Sun is getting it right
by Don T. Bothers on Thu 25th Sep 2008 18:20 UTC
Don T. Bothers
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I personally think the momentum is starting to swing Sun's way. Look back a few years and you will see Linux ripe with all sorts of new exciting development. Look at the new journalling file systems, SELinux, LVM, and all other sort of cool technologies that were going into Linux. On the otherhand, Solaris was still in dead water. They didn't need to update their 20 year old UFS, it work and if it didn't, they will just tack on a feature. They didn't need a new network stack. Why would you when you can saturate a 10MBit connection? And userland was perfect usable... just like it was 20 years ago on dummy terminals.
Today, Linux has become stale. It has become boring. All the exciting stuff is happening on Solaris, from ZFS, Dtrace, to SMF. I have played with OpenSolaris and I have deleted it because it is not usable yet. BUT judging by how quick it is developing and what ideas are going into it, it will become awesome. Just the beadm and pkg utility are going to be ground breaking. Imagine patching a system... and never worrying about breaking it. Imagine upgrading a system... and never worrying about breaking it. That is what Solaris is bringing to the table.
OpenSolaris/Solaris is far from dead. The only reason someone would make a comment like that today is due to wishful thinking.

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