Premature naming.

So, a preview of the new packaging & install technology produced by Project Indiana was just released. I'm shortly going to be installing it on a spare system in my office just to give it a shot.

Unfortunately, it's being called the "OpenSolaris Developer Preview" and is being portrayed as a distinctly special binary distribution on the opensolaris home page. The name is unfortunate for a number of reasons:

  1. The vast majority of the changes have not yet received the typical design and architecture review received by Solaris components
  2. There is not yet community consensus that OpenSolaris should have a reference binary distribution
  3. There is certainly not yet consensus that the Indiana technology is the right tool for the job.

I hope the folks who chose this name despite ample warning that it would cause trouble quickly reconsider. And I hope that the poor choice of name doesn't deter people from giving it a try. But the choice of names is forcing something of a constitutional crisis within opensolaris.

Comments:

I totally agree that the name is inappropriate, but that's not why I don't want it anywhere near my machines.
I use quite a bit of Solaris for my dayjob, so having something like SXCE that is at least a reasonable approximation of the future of Solaris has been quite nice. Indiana has no such plans, ignoring ARC, putting the smelly gnu tools in as defaults and sticking in a root shell with tab completion (and those are just the beginning of a journey towards a desktop centric linux clone). So all in all, Indiana seems to be on a path towards becoming completely useless for me as a customer and I've got a feeling I'm not the only paying customer who is greatly disappointed at the turn of events.

Posted by Mads on November 03, 2007 at 09:22 PM EDT #

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