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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When I saw the "linux doesn't scale past 8 (or 4) cpus" you really pegged yourself as heavily biased. I haven't seen bottlenecks in linux scaling with SMP, and you have to go back 5 years or more to find these. And yes, I use linux to run high performance military grade type processing on SMP systems. And yes, I used to work on solaris boxes.

The availability & ease of scientific analysis packages and other utilities for software development available on linux and bsd's is far more painful and dicey with solaris today.

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