Red Hat In Boston, Part 2.3: openSUSE And Openness, Period
: "On Sun re: OpenSolaris: 'They're 10 years too late to create a
community [around OpenSolaris]. I hate to say anything about about a
free Unix because I feel like I'm kicking a puppy, but on the other
hand I'm very disappointed that they can't just bite the bullet and
participate in Linux. The work that's done for Solaris is done only for
Solaris. And if you're a customer, do you really want to adopt an open
source OS where the only real vendor option is Sun? It's great to work
with Sun in community projects where Sun is an equal member, but not as
much fun to work in a community that is controlled by Sun.'" -- Joe Brockmeier, community manager for openSUSE.
At first I was disappointed to read this coming from a community guy
and all, but then I slapped myself silly. I know better. I've been
doing this for a while now. People in this business (any business,
really) attack for basically two reasons: (1) they are afraid that
someone smaller than them may grow up and kick their butt, or (2) they
are small and want to pick a fight with a big guy to get attention.
There are other reasons, but those are the biggies.
Anyway, if you read this article in its entirety, that paragraph up
there on OpenSolaris really sticks out. One wonders what the real
context was because it doesn't really fit the piece that well.
Regardless, the bit about the "work done for Solaris is done only for
Solaris" doesn't make sense since there are things in OpenSolaris now
that are not even in Solaris yet. Anyone with any knowledge about
OpenSolaris knows this. And those ZFS and DTrace bits now living nicely
in BSD/MacOS also don't fit the attack that well, too. I think we have
a few distros out there now, as well. Not as many as Linux, surely, but
our technology is starting to spread, and that's great. But the "10
years too late to create a community" is the real kicker. To accept
that statement is to believe that tiny little markets like China and
India and Brazil and Russia are fully developed and there's no room for
another operating system, no room for another community. Just no room.
Wrong. And obviously so.
Whatever. I run MacOS at home and it's great. I run OpenSolaris at work
and at home and it's great (nascent though it is). I also run Linux (Ubuntu
at work and at home, too. In fact, I have more and more respect for the
technology in Linux (what I can understand, anyway, being a non-techie
myself), and I regularly learn from Linux guys about community building
issues. I'm also proud of all of the software Sun has contributed to the FOSS community
that runs on Linux and helps make Linux successful
around the world. I haven't tried openSUSE yet and I don't know much
about the community, so I really can't comment on that -- other than
I've heard great things about both. More from Patrick