400K+ Solaris Downloads Contributing Factors

Jonathan says - Wow! I say Holy Cow! (Cow's not the first word that came to mind). Either way, those are pretty darn good statistics.

I am finding a tremendous amount of "awareness" out there of Solaris 10. Contributing factors for this awareness include:

  • Value. Thanks engineers & product management for a great product. If it weren't for you, Solaris 10 would be a marketing slide. And, of course, The Clingan Zone would almost be a blank page :)
  • Thanks Marketing, for keeping the buzz at a level higher than a bottle of vodka!
  • The OpenSolaris community - thanks contributors & participants - I'm dedicating a zone to each of you
  • The "but it's not Linux" controversy - thanks naysayers and trade rags - for generating awareness.
  • Thanks analysts, for ummm, uuuh ... wait a sec ... hold on ... beating us senseless?? :) Oh yeah, for the positive outlook at the bar. I think the vodka buzz had some influence :) More seriously, I know we don't always agree. We deserve to get beat up at times. That's OK. I'll buy you a beer (no hard feelings) if we get a chance to meet some day. Except for the guy who wants us to kill SPARC ... that's not OK. You buy your own drink.
  • Bloggers! I wonder where the Solaris download count would be if it were not for bloggers - both inside and outside of the Sun.com domain. Solaris community bloggers, industry bloggers, end user bloggers, marketing bloggers, executive bloggers, naysayer bloggers, pundit bloggers, etc. Now let's start blogging about what this engine of innovation is doing in production ...

Comments:

Production? See my blog entry - we have now 60 servers running Solaris 10 in production, including a pretty busy mail server, with more coming along day by day. It works. It's great. We're happy.

Posted by Peter Tribble on February 13, 2005 at 07:07 AM PST #

Also, remember that those numbers aren't showing the reality of instalations (expecially for Sparc). All the customers that asked us for a copy of Solaris 10 got there copy when only 1 download was made from Sun. How many CDs did you burned to give to customers you visit more often? I know I did several, ...

Posted by Jaime Cardoso on February 14, 2005 at 01:46 AM PST #

Thanks... do you have any context on what "downloads" meant here?

When I've seen similar statements from other marketing groups in the past they've usually turned out to be measuring "initial download requests", which is usually a multiple of the "completed download transfers", with that multiple increasing directly with the filesize of that download.

I've got no interest in this either way myself, but if that's actually 400,000 completed downloads, then you'll have a much stronger case online than you would with the ambiguous term "downloads" alone. Useful...?

Regards,
John Dowdell
Macromedia Support

Posted by John Dowdell on February 14, 2005 at 06:29 AM PST #

The numbers refer to registered copies - in other words licensed systems. Which is probably more than the number of downloaded copies (assuming many people download one copy but install it on multiple machines). But people may (impoperly) install it on more machines than they applied for licenses for. I think it's an interestingly large number, given the barrier put up by the registration process (any barrier turns people off, no matter how small), and the normal reluctance of the established Solaris community to even look at new versions.

Posted by Peter Tribble on February 14, 2005 at 04:50 PM PST #

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