A Possible Solaris Landslide

Counting the roots of growth: BSD vs Linux vs Solaris: "With virtually everybody outside the most committed Microsoft and IBM shops now doing at least some work with Solaris, the possibility exists that an external event could trigger a landslide in formal commitments to the technology - and if the T2 release isn't quite it, Rock’s impact on HP’s remaining Itanium developers will be." -- Paul Murphy

That would be nice, eh?
Comments:

Sure it would be nice... but while I would love to see that (being a Solaris consultant), I have my doubts. T1, T2, Rock... I don't see such a big difference there. Why should Rock bring a landslide if the others did not?

We can only hope and work for step-by-step market commitments.

Posted by Volker A. Brandt on August 28, 2007 at 12:20 PM JST #

Hi ... oh, I think Paul is just pointing out that things are starting to fall in place for Solaris to be a big success again, that's all. I don't think it will be one factor, per say, but more a series of market and community forces. The new systems are part of it. OpenSolaris is part of it. Etc.

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on August 28, 2007 at 01:34 PM JST #

Scott Berkun, in "The Myths of Innovation" (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596527051/index.html), talks about the myths of the "Eureka moment" and the difference between innovation and evolution.

Evolutions are often seen as innovations, because most people may not have seen all the evolutionary changes from the original. This is, I thin, more of what Murphy is pointing out. It isn't that the T2 will suddenly change everything, it is that Galaxy, and Niagara, and Constellation, and the IBM agreement, and the Fujitsu relationship have all been knocking out smaller stones, and the T2 will chip out that last stone, starting the landslide.

Of course, there is something interesting in the analogy that would make Rock the better catalyst for the landslide. :-) However, I think we would all prefer it sooner (T2) than later.

Posted by spp on August 28, 2007 at 08:36 PM JST #

Yep. Totally agree.

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on August 29, 2007 at 02:04 AM JST #

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