Sam and Tom on JDS R3
By Calum on Mar 03, 2005
Sam and Tom seemingly aren't too enamoured with the forthcoming release of JDS release 3 on Linux. While they've given us a lot of support in the past, I'd have to take issue with some of their comments about the beta versions they were given access to (not least that I was under the impression that our beta participants were subject to an NDA and shouldn't be commenting on it publicly yet at all, but perhaps I'm wrong there).They don't get any credit for their real contributions to very important open source projects because they don't have any people who actually understand or talk to individuals in the open source community," Hiser said. "They're not spending any time on the mailing lists."
quite sure which projects they're talking about here; Googling for
addresses on the GNOME mailing lists alone turns up 65,000
hits, and that's without counting contributions to OpenOffice.org,
Mozilla, Evolution, X.org... if they mean "we don't have many Linux
kernel hackers" then no, we don't, any more than Red Hat or Novell have
many Solaris kernel hackers, despite their offering products that are interoperable with (and in some cases run on) Solaris.
What they're referring to here is the theme that shipped with JDS R3 on Solaris 10, which was also the default theme in our Linux beta release. While I haven't heard many Solaris users complaining about it, there's no doubt that it wasn't to everyone's taste in the Linux beta. Just for the record, since it's not mentioned in the interview, beta customers were given an update that reverted it to the JDS R2 look and feel while we refine the JDS R3 one to take account of their comments.The Linux model is to give away the software and sell services," Adelstein added. "They're going to give away the software, but they don't have any services to sell.
I was under the impression that Sun was selling support-- a service that leads most enterprises to choose to buy their \*nix systems in the first place, rather than rolling their own.
Anyway... time will tell who's right and who's wrong. Look out for the Linux version of JDS R3 in the next couple of months and make up your own mind :)