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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RE[3]: Could be worse
by unoengborg on Sun 31st Jan 2010 13:22 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Could be worse"
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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 )

I wouldn't say Solaris is slow on inventing new stuff, look at ZFS, zones, Crossbow, Dtrace, SMF, Live upgrade,..

Solaris and ZFS alone would make it worth wile switching from Linux to Solaris even on a low end file server. E.g. try to get verifiable backups from a software raid system in Linux even though this is possilble theoretically by combining lvm (for snapshots) and software raid, but the performance is not usable even to play with. Not to mention how much easier it is to replace a failing disk in ZFS compared to Linux software RAID.

Not to mention that ZFS will do windows file sharing without adding extra software like samba, just add a few extra moutn properties and you are done.

It will take a very long time before Linux comes even close to Solaris for serverside use. On the desktop Linux have a lead, but both of them are beaten by MacOS-X that is actually certified Unix. Given the rapid development of the OpenSolaris desktop I would say OpenSolaris is closing in on Linux. After all they both use the same desktop GUI toolkits, so the uer experience should be similar.

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