OpenSolaris Compared to Windows

It's really interesting to see OpenSolaris being compared to Windows -- Sun shows Microsoft how it's done. This is still pretty rare out there, but I bet it becomes more common over time. And as I've said before, I think it may happen sooner than we think.
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It's just a shame that the author of that article who gets the differences between file system back solutions seems to consider that OpenSource means "means some guy cobbled this thing together in his spare time"

Posted by James Legg on December 07, 2008 at 01:17 PM JST #

I agree with James, he ruined such a good article with that statement...

It's great to see Sun making their fantastic technologies usable by mere mortals. Call me crazy but I think OpenSolaris could be a strong desktop contender against Windows very easily.

Posted by Che Kristo on December 07, 2008 at 01:45 PM JST #

Agree. That comment is totally off base.

Posted by JIm Grisanzio on December 07, 2008 at 01:52 PM JST #

Unfortunately ZDnet had a lead story which speculated about how Sun might be broken up as it was apparently in dire straights and ripe for takeover. But of course ZDnet is really just a Microsoft fan site.

Posted by andrewk8 on December 07, 2008 at 03:37 PM JST #

The funny thing is people in an article ( I do not remeber exactly which) say that SUN lost the desktop.

1. OpenWindows was far better than Win31./Win95
2. Java is far better than .NET
3. OpenSolaris is better than VISTA as an experience and it haas batteries driver) include
4. SUN has a full portfolio of competitive apps (SunStudio + Netbeans instead of crappy VisualStudio) (OpenOffice+StarOffice instead of Office) (Opensolaris instead of Windows) (javaFX +Opinstead of Silverlight)
5. Sun sells Desktops/Servers (MS have nothing in this realm)

The only thing is that OEM OpenSolaris. AspireOne + MSIWind can be sold with an OpenSolaris support plan. Moreover low end Celeron desktops must be sold with OpenSolaris support plan. I think MS + Apple have a very strong opponent (IMHO far better). I have built a desktop to install OpenSolaris with a goal to improve Octave on this OS.

Posted by Vasileios Anagnostopoulos on December 08, 2008 at 09:24 AM JST #

I am whole-heartedly wishing you all the best on that (and still am waiting for our OSUG in Dresden/Germany come to "real" life - so far lacking both members and a "really active" maintainer).

However sometimes I think Sun could put more "pressure" into marketing OpenSolaris a platform of choice for, say, developers to start with. Some days ago I tried to "evangelize" a couple of developer friends to move to OpenSolaris; they seemed pretty impressed by the overall progress of the project, however it then came to a halt caused by two issues:

- Java ME support: They both are java developers, and they both once in a while have to build applications for Java ME enabled mobile devices. Unfortunately, the NetBeans+JavaME package is not officially available to (Open)Solaris users despite being Sun technology.

- JavaFX support: Just being currently released, a couple of days after OS2008.11, it does _not_ support OpenSolaris from start for whichever arcane reasons.

So, overally, I think this is a rather peculiar situation - trying to convince people that Sun (Open)Solaris is a good thing being made more difficult by - not Microsoft, not IBM, but Sun themselves. :( Surely would love to see some improvements here...
K.

Posted by Kristian on December 09, 2008 at 09:42 AM JST #

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