Thursday, March 24, 2005

Pure OpenSolaris boots on x86

Today, I have been able to boot from a disk that was empty before I did install a self compiled OpenSolaris on it.

So we now reached a certain limit that makes it possible to start with creating a OpenSolaris based x86 distribution at BerliOS.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Cultural wars (Dreams of a Linux Bigot)

Tom Adelstein recently did write an article on LXer Linux News with the title

Linux Threat Posed by Microsoft and Sun: In Your Dreams

He claims that Linux keeps building momentum and claims that companies like
Sun spread disinformation about Linux. As he is well informed, I would tend to
believe him if his article would contain less disinformation.

Let us discuss the main disinformation he tries to spread, note that he
tries to show us his disinformation as questions so he could later tell you
that it was you who did give answers. Querying in a suggestive way however
is just a clever way to hide the fact of spreading disinformation.

  • "What percent of the project is actually made up of members of
    the Solaris team? And, does that constitute a community of developers or has Sun
    simply populated their so called community with Sun paid employees so that it
    looks like the broader open-source developers have embraced the project? "

    I am a member of the OpenSolaris Pilot and I know the people who are in
    the Pilot. There are a lot of highly skilled people from all over the world.
    We have people from USA: 70, India: 10, UK: 8, Germany: 7, France: 7, China: 5
    Australia: 5, Canada: 3, Poland: 2, Israel: 1, Belgium: 1, New Zealand: 1.

  • "What percent of Sun's infrastructure actually runs Linux internally?"

    From what I've seen, it seems to be a negligible amount (much less than 1%).

  • Did Sun roll out JDS Linux internally as described or did Sun only offer
    it to Laptop users? Which version does Sun use?

    The Java Desktop system is not a Linux distribution but a GUI with better
    multi media support. JDS is part of Solaris 10 and may be selected as
    the default Solaris 10 desktop.

  • What do you use on your desktop and laptop, Jonathan Schwartz?

    From the "cultural" experiences I got from looking inside Sun, I would
    expect him to run Solaris 10 on a Ferrari amd64 notebook.

    Sun does not run a major risk when competing with Linux, going back to Solaris
    brings Sun back to the roots; back to the ideas of a company that has been very
    successful with Operating system design, implementation and support.

    Linux is currently suffering from lack of competition in the OpenSource OS
    market. There are other OS operating systems but they do not have a good
    marketing. When OpenSolaris will be ready for everyone, this will change
    dramatically and it seems that the Linux bigots are in fear of this date.

    More and more people who work on the Linux kernel get tired from the way
    development is managed. Even people like Alan Cox now warn that there is
    a need for a change.

    People don't like Linux to be a "Kingdom" where a monarch or a small number
    courtiers govern the future. People with hacking skills rather like to make
    sure decisions are technology driven. Everybody who has the needed skill/knowledge
    for a specific subject should get the chance to be listned to.

    After OpenSolaris is available to everyone in Q2-2005, Solaris will not be governed
    by Sun anymore but by the CAB, a group of 5 people, 3 of them being not from Sun.
    The election period ends today and the names will be shown soon...

    My impression is that the fact that Sun does not like to dominate Solaris
    Like Linus Torvalds dominates Linux is the real fear of the Linux bigots.