OpenSolaris: Your voice counts!

I've been working on Resource Management in the Solaris group for some years now and have been lucky to be involved with quite some interesting Solaris technologies like Solaris 9 Resource Manager, IPQoS, Solaris Zones, Solaris Service Manager (smf(5)),... All pretty cool stuff and used by Solaris admins the world over.

But why did we build it the way we did?

Well we talk to a whole bunch of customers, we try to understand what their challenges are and what we need to build to help the meet these challenges and how they change with time. However there is always a chance we don't actually build what you need, or we initially focus on other aspects than you need...

So what if we open the source code and allow other developers to also contribute? Well you get to join in, there is no more direct way to tell us what you need. This is one of the reasons I'm really enthusiastic about OpenSolaris, you get really cool results. Either making the stuff we built better or just coming up with completely new things. An example of what I mean is ZoneBSD, an opensource initiative with as goal "will be to factor as much Solaris code as necessary into FreeBSD in order to support running a FreeBSD container within a Solaris 10 Zone", really cool stuff... or as they say around here "Sweeet"

So come on in, the water is mighty fine...


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