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Linux Non-compete Agreements?: "What's wrong with Sun trying to build a Linux clone with OpenSolaris?" -- Savio Rodrigues

Well ... we're not. We're just making a better Solaris, that's all. It's that simple. This is just the natural evolution of the OpenSolaris project. We opened the code to build a community, improve the system, and expand the market. And, well, we're doing just that. What is different lately, though, is that a lot more people are noticing us.
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What is it going to be? Does the user interface will be improved? What about the services? You were just making a "better Solaris"?? So you're gonna replace the current Solaris 10 OS if you succeed on building the Linux clone with OpenSolaris?

Posted by marion dela paz on August 02, 2007 at 10:42 AM JST #

Hi ... There is no "clone" of Linux. That's my only point. I simply don't see OpenSolaris though the lense of Linux. I see OpenSolaris through the lense of OpenSolaris. Solaris 10 has been improving via the OpenSolaris project for 2 years now. Part of that is to build a community around the code. Part of that is to evolve the user interface. Part of that is to improve the install. Part of that is to add drivers. Part of that is to build a new packaging system. Part of that is to re-write closed binaries. Part of that is to move the source code gate external for open development. Part of that is to finish releasing all the source code. Etc. And the latest project is what you are hearing about is "Indiana" which is exploring release models, distrobution models, packaging, install, etc, in an effort to make the system more familiar to Linux users and developers. Some projects are new, but most have been under way for a while. But it's Solaris. Not a Linux clone. There is OpenSolaris source code, and there is already several binaries based on the OpenSolaris source. And, there will be a new one that results from the Indian project. So, as you can see, there is a lot going on. All if it is evolution. All of it is Solaris.

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on August 02, 2007 at 03:24 PM JST #

All this misunderstanding over SoenSolaris becoming a Linux clone stuff is amusing, but understandable. Most folks don't realize that when they look at the "Linux desktop", they are actually really looking at a GNOME desktop, a KDE Desktop, etc. These desktops are for the most part cross platform and are not linked directly to the Linux kernel. I've been using Gnome on Solaris since back with Solaris 8 - my old Red Hat desktop looked a lot like my Solaris 8 desktop. Folks don't realize how much of Linux isn't, um, Linux. ;-)

I agree with Jim - Sun and Project Indiana are not about cloning Linux; they are more about modernizing some aspects of Solaris that Linux distributions are seen as being ahead on such as package/install/update management.

In any event, Solaris 11/Project Indiana/OpenSolaris won't be a Linux clone. Like Jim said, it'll just be a significant evolution of the Solaris environment. I'm looking forward to see where it is going.

Posted by Ron Dawson on August 02, 2007 at 04:53 PM JST #

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