Stats and Quotes on OpenSolaris

There are some really nice quotes in this article about OpenSolaris -- Google testing Sun's OpenSolaris, sources say. There is a lot of activity around Solaris, Solaris Express, and OpenSolaris now. And there's lots of Solaris out there for people to choose from based on what the need is. Very nice. And a very nice article, too. Well balanced.

A note on statistics: There's a part in this article where the writer compares OpenSolaris to Linux and OpenOffice -- the implication being that we're not as successful in building a developer community around OpenSolaris. Ah. Let's see. Linux has been open for how long? And OpenOffice how long? And OpenSolaris? Ok. But the larger point is expressed by Stephen Hahn: "Why do all open source communities have to look the same?" Hahn said. "I would rather have 1,000 developers working together than 12 different Solaris distributions." I agree. And the stats we release are not intended to be compared to anyone. In fact, whenever anyone asks me who I'm comparing OpenSolaris to I always respond that I'm comparing OpenSolaris to OpenSolaris. A friend of mine in PR laughed at me for that, but I'm serious. I wouldn't even know how to compare OpenSolaris to any other community. Would you? Considering all the variables, I mean. Everyone's so different. Different licenses. Different business models. Different technology. Different development methodologies. Different leadership frameworks. Different time periods. Different geographies. Now, I look to a variety of other communities to learn about community building, sure, but I could care less about comparing stats and then drawing conclusions. But even more practically, I can hardly even keep up with OpenSolaris let alone try to figure out who has more of this or that. That's probably the real reason.
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