By bnitz on Apr 22, 2005
I don't think any of us here at blogs.sun.com want to sound like a television commercial, but we write about stuff we think is cool and sometimes that includes things related to work at Sun. Whether we're up against legitimate competitors or monopolists, we strive to point out advantages of the cool technologies we have. We work here because we think the people and technologies are cool. And while I might be reluctant to criticize Scott McNealy on his golf swing, I might point out that he should be out there promoting Sun Rays on Earth day just as HP is encouraging recycling their hardware. Heck, I'll even encourage recycling HP hardware. Replace every fat X86 client out there with a Sun Ray and how many coal power plants can we shut down?Anyway what inspired me to write this blog at forever-o'clock was a "Solaris review" in a supposed technology magazine, and some really weird comments in a Slashdot article regarding this. Before you brand me as a computer religious zealot, I'll say that I've worked with VMS, Windows 3.1-XP, Solaris, Irix, Cray Unicos and I use OSX, Linux, Solaris and (gasp) Windows XP1 on an almost daily basis. But it really bothers me to see an incomplete review followed up with such baseless nonsense as this slashdot comment:
I ask Sun, where are you innovating now? Are you providing leadership in LDAP / Directory Services? Nope. Are you providing leadership in distributed computing? Nope, that would be Linux and Open Source. Are you providing leadership in software development? Well, you developed Java, but it took the Free / Open Source guys to make Ant, Junit, Jmeter and other tools to make it really usable.Where do I start? How about using your LDAP infrastructure to manage and lockdown desktop configuration (Java Desktop System Configuration Manager a.k.a. APOC). Distributed computing? JXTA. Now wait a minute, no useful tools from Sun for Java? What about NetBeans or a dtrace provider which will allow you to see exactly what your Java application is doing. Then there's the old "Sun is Proprietary" or "Sun is closed" meme. Both JXTA and NetBeans are opensource as are the hooks in GNOME, openoffice, and mozilla which allow APOC/LDAP to do it's magic.
As someone with a long interest in science and technology I appreciate Slashdot for trolling up interesting news. Some of the comments are really humorous. But on everything from basic science to technology, Slashdot can get it spectacularly wrong and urban folklore is modded up just because it is popular urban folklore.1The XP box is a very recent acquisition. I've been meaning to write an "outsiders review of Windows XP Professional." But right now I'm going to bed.