By leroyk on May 07, 2007
Ian Murdock was the presenter for the Linux vs. Solaris session. Great insigh. He has been brought on board by Sun to make Solaris more compatible with Linux end user. Some of Ian' points... Installation Solaris must support the devices developers use. That would be laptops. Laptops can be the most difficult due to the extreme differences in hardware. User environment The Linux user cannot find their favorite tools like GNU. The start bar is the wrong place. The user environments needs to be more familiar for the Linix user. Compatibility Universes let you select the tools you want to use(ie. GNU tools). Solaris could accomplish this easily with zones. Packaging How to get more stuff. Downloading new applications via apt-get is easy with Linux. Sun needs to bring the same ease to Solaris. One of Linux's biggest minus is backwards compatibility accordling to Ian. Solaris guarantees backwards compatibility.