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10Jun/07Off

Open And Unavailable

Ian Murdock has a great post on his weblog about the promise of OpenSolaris, as a project, versus its failure as something that someone without prior experience and access to Sun 'ware has any opportunity to mess around with which has needed discussion by someone inside of Sun for a long time now. I'm glad that he brought it up although I'm unsure if there is any history behind this. I haven't eyeballed much about OpenSolaris since I figured out that it was not distributed in any useful format. I was initially pretty excited about the announcement of the project until I realized that it meant utterly nothing to me as someone who no longer owns any Sun hardware. In that sense it works less as a promotional tool (assuming that the promotion of Solaris use or familiarity is the purpose for its release) and more as a toy for current Solaris users. If that is the case, then Sun should just lock the sandbox and let the discussions about how enterprisey Solaris is with no outside intervention.

The comments attached to Ian's post raise some good points although many of them are more a matter of semantics than anything else. One that came up over and over again was why Sun should develop a distro given the handful of smaller distributions based on the OS kernel already. I think that is pretty obvious: if Sun is going to benefit from the time and effort shoveled into assembling a sane installation path then they should help, either financially or with man hours, to make that a more straightforward process. Then maybe they could work on supporting hardware...

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