Articles in the Solaris category

  1. Solaris Is an Obsolete Platform

    August 14, 2010

    Assuming that the rumor is true and OpenSolaris will be slain by Oracle, we must conclude that the Solaris operating system is obsolete. Solaris can be considered legacy. Sun was a hardware shop and to sell their hardware, they needed a great operating system.

    Sun had a great operating system. And the Solaris platform was popular for a long time. And I think that was for the right reasons, at that time. If you or your company is still running on a Solaris platform, it may be time to rethink this strategy.

    I do not understand why Oracle bought Sun. Oracle sells software. Sun sells hardware. Sun had some great products, like Java, so I can see some reasons. In the past, Solaris and Oracle had a tight relationship. But the only thing Oracle may be doing right now is a vendor lock-in strategy, where you are totally dependent on both hardware and software from Oracle.

    But people don't seem to buy this, literally. People do want to continue to run Solaris, because thats the platform the've invested in. But they don't want to pay for those exotic Solaris Sparc systems, often way more expensive than commodity x86 hardware.

    Oracle invested bilions in Sun assets. How are they going to make money of it? Squeeze out existing Sun Solaris customers who are depending on their platform?

    If you are setting up a new business or if you think you can pull this off: stay away from this legacy platform. Migrate away from Solaris. Use an open platform that does not lock you in.

    And this is also a very interesting read.

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  2. The Future of ZFS Now That OpenSolaris Is Dead

    August 14, 2010

    With the probable loss of OpenSolaris, there may be another, maybe more devastating loss.

    The very popular and very advanced Zetabyte File System (ZFS)

    The only open source platform that actively supports ZFS is FreeBSD. And they just 'copied' the code from OpenSolaris. Are they able to maintain and further develop ZFS on their own? I don't think the community can handle a thing like that. Development on ZFS will severely be hampered and will not continue in the pace it did.

    It is also clear that Oracle doesn't give a shit about open source or open operating systems. That is ok with me, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But keep this in mind when you decide to use any Oracle product whatsoever.

    It's not that I'm suggesting that you should not buy Oracle stuff. I have no grudge against Oracle in any way, it is just an objective observation, just be aware of this issue.

    From the perspective of Oracle: what is their benefit regarding OpenSolaris? I understand their decision, but its sad nevertheless. And I'm really scared for the future of ZFS.

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  3. 'A Moment of Silence: OpenSolaris Is Dead'

    August 04, 2010

    The last release of OpenSolaris dates back to July 2009. The next release was scheduled for March 2010, but Oracle did not release anything. It is dead silent around OpenSolaris.

    On 12 July 2010, the OpenSolaris Government Board sent out an ultimatum to Oracle: "please communicate with us or we will resign and hand over the little power we have back to Oracle".

    These are all signs that OpenSolaris has no real future. And think about it: what is Oracle's interest in OpenSolaris? Maintaining an operating system and develop new features is extremely expensive. What is their benefit? I can't see any. Sun was a hardware manufacturer and promoting OpenSolaris made sure that people got experience with the operating system that powers their hardware.

    Unless your environment already consists of Solaris-based systems, as of 2010, there is no reason to use Solaris any more. OpenSolaris was, until recent, the only operating system that supported ZFS natively, so the only choice if you really wanted to use ZFS. Now FreeBSD has native support for ZFS too.

    For the people who are fanatical about ZFS this is great, because it would be a shame if ZFS could only be used in combination with a dead operating system that supports less hardware than Mac OS X.

    But I see no future in OpenSolaris and you should think twice about running it, either as a production platform or at home. Use a platform that has a large user-base and a big community.

    I think that if you are running OpenSolaris, you must start thinking about migrating to FreeBSD or Linux, however painful that may be.

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