By jimgris on Aug 08, 2007
More quotes are emerging from Andrew Morton's keynote at LinuxWorld in San Francisco -- Linux Kernel Maintainer: Get Involved!: "I think it's a great shame that OpenSolaris still exists," he continued. "I wish they had killed it. They've fragmented the non-windows os world and for no reason. There is no reason why they couldn't have gone to Linux."
Wild stuff, eh? You know, I've been saying that OpenSolaris is a successful project based on what we've accomplished so far. But at least for right now, we are still a work in progress and all this takes time. No need to rush. No need to shoot our mouths off. Just go about the business of building our community. Well, I can see now that we've actually come much further than I had thought. When the big guys start saying things like what Morton is saying about the little guys, that's a very clear sign that someone's not happy about what may happen in the future. Maybe the big guys aren't so big? Maybe the little guys aren't so little? Attacks like these are actually complements, and the OpenSolaris community should be proud. I certainly am. I remain disappointed that Microsoft hasn't slapped us around yet, but that day will come I feel certain. And I'm also disappointed that I've been so supportive of Linux inside Sun for so long. I feel embarrassed. Oh, well. Live and learn. Move on.
What's really cool, though, is that in these last two articles I learned that Intel is largest corporate contributor to the Linux kernel. That's really excellent since Intel is also getting involved in OpenSolaris.