Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Linus thinks Solaris is a joke

Linus does not stop giving interviews on Solaris 10. The last I realized is at:

http://news.com.com/Torvalds+a+Solaris+skeptic/2008-1082_3-5498799.html?tag=nefd.lede

Among several, Linus slams on Solaris:

"Solaris/x86 is a joke, last I heard."

It is interesting to see that Linus only fetches his knowledge from other (doubtles biased) people instead of trying it himself and judging himself.

It seems that Linus cannot escape his "I only watch my own belly button" mentality and even promises not to check Solaris after is has been finally announced and released as Open Source Software.

So let us ask: Why is Linus constantly attacking Solaris?

If Solaris was really on the declining branch and dying, why the hell Linus needs to attack it? If Linus was right, he could just recline relax and wait for it's death...

It seems that Linus is in big fear of Solaris and the kind of openness it will offer once OpenSolaris is available to more people than only the participants of the OpenSolaris pilot.

For me, Solaris is not a joke. I use it as my preferred development platform for many reasons. It comes with free and useful debuggers, it offers me stable and reliable interfaces and (important for my SCSI tools) it returns SCSI error codes from the drives correctly to applications.


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Blogger jbmoore said...

Thanks for creating such a nice program as cdrecord. I use it daily. I was surprised that Linux and wintel hardware have eroded Sun Microsystem's market share. I suppose in hindsight that I shouldn't be. Sun should have seen it coming. Heck, Apple makes more Ipods now than computers I'm guessing. Perhaps Sun was trying to be like IBM, I don't know. It's just sad because the Solaris kernel is much more stable than the Linux kernel. At least that statement was true for the 2.4 kernel and Solaris 2.8. Perhaps Sun will turn around like IBM and survive. They aren't dead yet, merely quite ill. It could be worse. Sun could be like HP and and kill a truly good OS like the DEC Unix they just discontinued in favor of their crippled HP-UX. I wouldn't be so hard on Linus. Perhaps his comment was taken out of context and he was making a joke, or perhaps he's just overworked. It can't be easy managing a project the size of his, let alone getting the kernel to be as stable as it is with all the code that's being submitted. Part of the reason Sun's kernel is as stable as it is is that it doesn't support all of the hardware that Linux does and a small core of engineers design and maintain it. It's to be seen if the kernel will stay as stable if it grows along the lines of the Linux kernel. Guess we'll know in 5-10 years.
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Yes! But Linux 2.4 and 2.6 beats Slowaris 10. The large amunt of File Systems in Linux is impressive.
And it's have the GNU GPL, the best ever made license. This are strong points on Linux.

Besides, Solaris has to much the "Not Made In Here", that compromise it's stability.

It's Becoming someting "Fanatic", to chose an OS. The way of selling software must be for it's service. Hardware manufacturers sell something "Fisic" menwhile our friend Bill make only ONE Windows and sell it on only one CD, to cheap. An example is SuSE who sell an entire BOX whit written Manuals (there are no real manuals in the Windows World), 5 CDs and even DVDs. And Support. That cost more to produce than Windows but it cost less for the end user.

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