Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jan 2010 16:08 UTC
Oracle and SUN "Several of the concerns about Oracle's acquisition of Sun have revolved around how Unix technologies led by Sun would continue under the new ownership. As it turns out, Solaris users might not have much to worry about, as Oracle executives on Wednesday affirmed their commitment to preserving the efforts. In the case of Solaris, Oracle had already been a big supporter of the rival Linux operating system. Oracle has its own Enterprise Linux offering, based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the idea that Linux and Solaris are mutually exclusive is a false choice."
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Could be worse
by foldingstock on Fri 29th Jan 2010 16:15 UTC
foldingstock
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2008-10-30

Its good to see they aren't scraping Solaris, but I don't quite agree with their idea that "Solaris is for the high end" and "Linux is for the low end." I suppose they are taking that position because Solaris/Unix is easier to sell?

Oh well, could be worse. I have been following the OpenSolaris project quite closely and hope that it continues to make progress into the desktop sector.

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RE: Could be worse
by diegocg on Fri 29th Jan 2010 16:52 in reply to "Could be worse"
diegocg Member since:
2005-07-08

Oracle doesn't have a lot of interest in the desktop sector. They want to build Big Machines. So I don't think they will put a lot of efforts into competing with windows 7 and os x. But hey, it's an opensource project, so I'm sure people will contribute. And as long kde/gnome/x.org progresses, opensolaris progresses aswell.

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RE[2]: Could be worse
by kragil on Fri 29th Jan 2010 17:57 in reply to "RE: Could be worse"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Oracle employees will contribute .. it is not like OpenSolaris has a big community of devs outside of Oracle.

I think Unix is a lecacy system. Sure there are a few places where it is still way ahead of Linux, but that goes both ways and Linux gets new features every 3 months and Unix .. like once a year at best.

You don't have to be a master futurist to know where that is going to end.

Developing Unix in the long is just added cost. IBM unsterstands that and they want to dump AIX if their customers let them ( like in 2020 or something )

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RE[2]: Could be worse
by nt_jerkface on Sun 31st Jan 2010 03:03 in reply to "RE: Could be worse"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

But hey, it's an opensource project, so I'm sure people will contribute.


People said the same thing about OpenOffice and it has really just been a Sun project. Software projects with very large codebases can easily stagnate without paid developers.

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