For Linux Users: Why Solaris? Here's One View.
By drapeau on Oct 17, 2008
(okay, I can't resist this side note: the first time I used Quicken virtualized, it was over ten years ago on my Sun system using WABI at first, and later the x86-based SunPC card. Sun's been doing some kind of virtualization stuff for a long, long time.)
Anyway, the topic of "Why Solaris?" was on my mind...and then I saw this blog posting, entitled "Why I like Solaris". It's written by a former Sun employee who tells of his experience learning Solaris after having been a Linux user for a few years.
The blog post makes some interesting points from a developer's point of view about what was missing from Solaris that put obstacles in his way, but were later fixed (the release of Solaris 10 a few years ago fixed a lot of inconveniences, for example). But what I got out of the blog entry was the general feeling that if you develop for the platform, things are going to work for a long time to come. Oh, also that ZFS as a development tool is pretty cool, because it takes the risk out of trying an experimental change: you just create an instant snapshot, make your changes and test them, and if you don't like the result, go back to the previous snapshot. That's a nice debugging tool.
You can see more context by reading this blog entry on ZDNet, which addresses yet another article attacking the viability of Solaris. It's interesting writing, worth taking a look.
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