Linus and Solaris Bugs

Seems Linus called Solaris a "buggy piece of crap" (here, here). Cool. But I'll listen to Casper, Joerg, Martin, and Richard instead.
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When has corrupting filesystems become a desirable behaviour?

Posted by Mikael Gueck on September 23, 2007 at 05:51 PM JST #

If you read the full thread, it isn't actually a bug in Solaris, it's a bug in Git. Git uses unlink() on a directory when run as the root user, and the Solaris man page clearly points out the consequences. Even Linus admits it isn't a bug in Solaris, in his usual gracious manner:

So I'll have to correct my statement. Please remove the "buggy" from
"buggy piece of crap". The rest stands.

Linus

When faced with a bug in his software, it obviously is someone else's fault - nice. If we attacked Linux in the way he attacks Solaris, we'd be subjected to all sorts of abuse. I've never met him, but from reading stuff he's said and written he comes across as arrogant, and pretty clueless about anything that isn't directly connected to Linux. I might listen to what he has to say about Linux, but anything else? No way.

Posted by Alan Burlison on September 23, 2007 at 08:31 PM JST #

I saw his Git presentation on Google Video and thought he was actually very entertaining. A lot of his 'attacks' seem quite tongue in cheek.

He does come across as a real asshole in print, though.

Posted by Dick Davies on September 23, 2007 at 09:26 PM JST #

He is a petulant whiner. And companies want to hook their wagons to this horse ('s ass)? As a customer I don't want to bet my operation system future to a system that is controlled by one person, especially one who acts (and engineers) like an adolescent. Sun has always been very professional, mature, and gracious. Linus' antics and Sun's silence both speak volumes. Keep it up Sun, you (and your customers) will win.

Posted by Scott on September 23, 2007 at 10:20 PM JST #

Linus is not the main reason why I do not use Linux, but he sure helps to reinforce my decision every now and then. Same with Theo de Raadt and OpenBSD BTW, although Theo does have a point sometimes. :-)

Posted by Volker A. Brandt on September 23, 2007 at 10:24 PM JST #

Linus brought something good (Linux that is) to the world, but more and more he's resembling his biggest enemy: Bill. At least Bill's got loads of money, Linus is a poor king.
I like Linux, but not Linus.

Posted by SwitchBL8 on September 23, 2007 at 11:17 PM JST #

Who cares what the guy says? You have the code.

Posted by ethana2 on September 24, 2007 at 03:06 AM JST #

ethana2 ... I keep track of the attacks on OpenSolaris http://blogs.sun.com/jimgris/tags/attacks as best as I can. There haven't been that many lately. I care what Linus says because I respect what he's done with his communtiy and technology, and he's one of the biggest names in all of high tech. If he says something about our project and its wrong we ought to know about it and correct it. That's all. Not a big deal.

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on September 24, 2007 at 04:19 AM JST #

I posted a comment on my own blog. Here's the link: http://blogs.sun.com/ChinaExperience/entry/respect_your_competition_respect_your

Posted by Amiram hayardeny on September 25, 2007 at 04:02 AM JST #

All I can tell you is that my customers on Solaris are very happy. Customers on Linux, also happy, but not as happy. QED.

Posted by Patrick Giagnocavo on September 25, 2007 at 04:15 AM JST #

@ethana2: Having the code is not all there is to Linux. Read Amiram's <a excellent post (http://blogs.sun.com/ChinaExperience/entry/respect_your_competition_respect_your). That's what I mean, but I'm not as good a writer as Amiram ;-)

Posted by SwitchBL8 on September 25, 2007 at 11:15 AM JST #

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