I'm disappointed with Looking Glass
By tdw on Nov 30, 2004
I thought it would be nice to have a crack at getting Looking Glass to run on my Solaris (SPARC) workstation, and finiding nothing within Sun that would help, I went off to the Looking Glass Development Community, registered and proceeded to have a little look around.
Well, as far as I can make out from the forums, you can download and build the Looking Glass core, but if you want it to work with native (non-Java) apps on Solaris and specifically SPARC, then you are out of luck. It appears that Looking Glass relies on some extensions in the Xorg X11 server, but this hasn't as yet (it appears) been ported to Solaris. Indeed, as of August, it apparently wasn't even a staffed project.
So, here's my beef: Sun comes up with a rather innovative new technology, yet Solaris appears to be the last platform (well, maybe excepting one ;)) on which it will run. Whilst I appreciate that gaining critical mass is probably better served by making Linux (x86) the initial development/deployment platform, it irks me that those of without a Linux box are so badly served.
If I had to guess, I would say that Sun are probably developing the native code for Solaris in-house. If so, why not tell everyone about it rather than seeming to skulk.
Now, maybe someone reading this knows better about the state of a Solaris (SPARC) port and my understanding will yet be corrected. Fingers crossed!