OpenSolaris spork ready for Oracle challenge
'An exciting new distribution'
A spork of the open-source edition of Solaris, OpenSolaris, is ready to start taking on Oracle's official Unix operating system.
Project OpenIndiana is due to be announced on Tuesday in London, along with a first development release of the desktop and server operating system.
OpenIndiana comes the week ahead of Oracle's mega OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, California, where Oracle executives will be cooing about their Solaris plans.
"OpenIndiana is part of the Illumos Foundation, and provides a true open source community alternative to Solaris 11 and Solaris 11 Express, with an open development model and full community participation," organizers said on the project's site here.
OpenIndiana is based on Illumos, the kernel and foundation from OpenSolaris that was recently strangled by Oracle in favor of Solaris 11 Express.
OpenIndiana organizers are calling the project an exciting new distribution and also a continuation of OpenSolaris.
Illumos started as a place for OpenSolaris developers and users to continuing working on the code after Oracle decided it was no longer going to participate with the community.
The project has insisted it's not forking OpenSolaris, as it will return code changes to Oracle's Solaris techies for review and inclusion. After months of radio silence, Oracle said in August it would only release OpenSolaris after the main commercial product is shipped. ®
Ex-Solaris console jockey in tears at Linux mirroring...
Bring it on, Illumos, OpenSolaris or even Oracle 11 express.
I could cope and even enjoy working with linux if basic things like RAID got sorted but the trouble is that the linux community devs scratch an itch until it works enough for them and then move on, a few years later the wheel gets re-invented and half-written just because a new idea comes along. It just never works 100% properly ever.
This linux server in ruins I have here can either have RAID LED's working but shit disk performance, or great disk performance and no RAID LED's, leaving me and the engineer to a game of Seagate-roulette when guessing which is the failed disk I need to pull - you can guess now why I have a server in tatters.
Good hardware needs a good OS to make these extra features that proper servers have work as they should. Any hardcore *nix admin knows this, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, BSD and Linux.
A Little Anecdote
A few months ago Deutsche Börse (the German Stock Exchange in Frankfurt) decided to dump Solaris and VMS.
They will be an all-Linux, all-x86 and all-C++ shop in a few months. They are a leading derivatives trading platform and their objective is to get trading speed to less than 2 milliseconds delay per transaction.
I also heard Linux is big in NY finance, but I don't know the exact figures.
Richard's Commie-tech running Big Finance. That's an irony !
BS, Like Using Linux is a sure way of not being sued...
Several major Linux users have been sued by MS, Sco... for patent, copyright ...
The only way to get protection against something like this is get a LICENSE and pay $$$.
Redhat, IBM, Oracle indemnify all their users against lawsuits.