FUD Fighting

There's a lot of Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt (FUD) out there regarding Sun Rays.  Most of it being driven by our thin client competition.  I've even seen a "white paper" that claims to tell the truth about Sun Rays, then adds a disclaimer at the end that they don't stand behind anything in the paper.  Nice.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be taking on these "truths".  Let's start with the claims of Sun Ray being "proprietary".

Claim: All Sun Ray clients must connect to a proprietary Solaris Sun Ray Server

False.  We've had Linux support for years.  While we may not support the distro you want to run (i.e. Ubuntu), at least it's there and supported on two major distros.  There is also FUD here with the word proprietary being used.  Is Solaris, an OS that can be installed on SPARC, AMD, Intel based chip sets proprietary? Is Microsoft open sourcing their OS?  No?  Perhaps instead of proprietary, the competition meant to talk about market share.  That just doesn't strike as much FUD into the minds of the customer though, does it?  Especially when you can get to windows via RDP or ICA via the Sun Ray Server easier than you can do it on the competitions devices.
 


 

 

Comments:

Bill Vass said "... we are in the process of open sourcing the Sun Ray as well ..." in May in the entry http://blogs.sun.com/BVass/entry/sunrays_in_the_federal_government

How's this going?

Posted by Mikael Gueck on September 24, 2007 at 04:15 AM PDT #

Hi Mikael, while I can't disclose anything specific, there will be some good news soon. Question though, do you want it open source, or just free (w/o support?).

Posted by ThinGuy on September 24, 2007 at 04:27 AM PDT #

I'll bite - for the time being, I'd be perfectly happy with the software being free. Sunrays are quite different from most of the alternatives out there, and I'm guessing that much of the code wouldn't be too useful with other hardware.

Posted by Mads on September 24, 2007 at 04:50 AM PDT #

Simple is better than free. That's why I'd like to see open source. Then you know that you can do whatever you like with the whole stack, which gives you so many new opportunities. So many that you can't use most of them, but you can always use the one or two that matter most to your business.

Posted by Mikael Gueck on September 25, 2007 at 04:07 AM PDT #

Hi Mikael,
Unfortunately free is simpler than open as there is encumbered code in SRSS. It's all being scoped and it's a huge effort. Hope I can share some information that will make everyone happy in the near future.

Posted by ThinGuy on September 25, 2007 at 04:31 AM PDT #

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