Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Jul 2009 19:16 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris The Linux desktop has come a long way. It's a fully usable, stable, and secure operating system that can be used quite easily by the masses. Not too long ago, Sun figured they could do the same by starting Project Indiana, which is supposed to deliver a complete distribution of OpenSolaris in a manner similar to GNU/Linux. After using the latest version for a while, I'm wondering: why?
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Oracle and the future of Solaris
by Jondice on Tue 21st Jul 2009 18:21 UTC
Jondice
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I think people who are worried that Solaris has an uncertain future should read this article:
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9131829/Oracle_s_Sun_buy_Ell...

Solaris will continue to be improved by Oracle as a server operating system, that is as sure as anything.

The question of how OpenSolaris will continue to improve in terms of desktop usability is slightly more uncertain: it may not have the backing from Oracle that it had from Sun, but I think Solaris engineers and the OSS community in general will continue to work on it.

So more specifically, the question is - will desktop driver implementation continue at a good pace? This is because writing drivers is going to be more difficult than porting over apps to Solaris and making use of ZFS, zones, etc. I'm not sure how much is currently being done by Sun engineers paid to do driver development, and how much is being done by the external community. If we knew that ratio, then we'd be able to have a better worst-case-scenario of the future of desktop Solaris, which still doesn't seem all that bad to me: even if most of the driver development is being done by Sun engineers now - I doubt Oracle is going to want to fire them ... they are a big reason why Oracle bought Sun.

As always, insider clarification would be welcome.

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