Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Aug 2010 19:14 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Due to me not working for OSNews these past eight weeks, I've been a bit out of the loop, as I didn't really follow technology news. I did notice that a lot is going on in OpenSolaris land, and today, Oracle has outlined what it has planned for Solaris 11 - and according to some, the fears about OpenSolaris' future were justified.
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RE: Not surprised...
by trenchsol on Thu 12th Aug 2010 16:28 UTC in reply to "Not surprised..."
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I wonder how do you imagine that people are doing business today. Do you think that companies edit and recompile the source code of the servers they run their business on ? Open Source or not makes little or no difference.

If some company decide they want to use open source product, they are likely to go to vendor like Novell or Red Hat. If they do, they will very pay steep price, and very much depend on support from those companies.

There is a difference if company is using modified OS as a part of their business process, like some who are selling devices running embedded Linux. But, such companies are small percentage.

I have been doing business with the company which is major Red Hat partner in the region. There is no much difference between the way they do business, and, for example some Microsoft partners.

I am 100% sure that lack of Oracle involvement in Open Solaris would not lose them any significant customer.

Why should they pay their developers good money, only to have some guy being able to download OS for free ? It is a waste of resources. Unlike Linux, major part of Solaris have been developed in-house. Contributions have limited significance.

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RE[2]: Not surprised...
by TheGZeus on Thu 12th Aug 2010 17:12 in reply to "RE: Not surprised..."
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They bought Red Hat once, and hired good sysadmins to take over once they adjusted.

They're not alone, I know a few sysadmins that are in a similar situation.
Granted, one of them works at a company where they still use dumb terminals attached to AIX machines, but they also have workstations as well, and these run free alternatives to their former Red Hat/SuSE.
That's about it.

There are pointy-haired bosses, and there are savvy ones.
Both hire people to maintain systems, some just do it smarter. (oh, snap)

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RE[2]: Not surprised...
by Flatland_Spider on Thu 12th Aug 2010 22:53 in reply to "RE: Not surprised..."
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Why should they pay their developers good money, only to have some guy being able to download OS for free ?

Because that guy may want to develop a proof-of-concept to convince his boss the idea works.

There are many reasons, and most of them have to do with getting people to put their hands on the product. Linux has better mindshare right now then Solaris does, and that's not going to change as long as Oracle locks Solaris up in an gilded tower.

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