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OpenSolaris Is One · That was quite a launch, this time last year; hun­dreds of blog­ger­s, hun­dreds of thou­sands of word­s. I think it kind of worked. As of now, geeks choos­ing a server-side OS for geek rea­sons have a hand­ful of choic­es: Lin­ux, So­lar­is, one or two of the BSDs. I care about the geeks and I don’t care that much about the CIOs, be­cause dur­ing the first decade of my ca­reer, while the CIOs were talk­ing about MVS and VMS and Tan­dem Guardian and AS/400, the geeks were qui­et­ly say­ing “Unix” and gen­er­al­ly Get­ting Shit Done. If we can give hands-on peo­ple good tech­ni­cal rea­sons to use So­lar­is, they will; oth­er­wise not. I still want a GNU/So­laris user­land, please. Want Dap­per Drake on So­lar­is? Done. [Up­date: That Nex­en­ta Al­pha 5 is now out, with Dap­per, OpenSo­laris 40, 11,800 pack­ages, JDK via DLJ and tons of oth­er juicy Gnu + De­bian + Ubun­tu good­ness.]
 
OpenSolaris Blogs Oh My · They told me they were go­ing to try to get lots of peo­ple to blog about the launch, but this is re­mark­able: this morn­ing they knew about 132 blog­gers and 215,000 word­s, and there’s an­oth­er dozen pieces ev­ery time I turn on my ag­gre­ga­tor. The com­mu­ni­ca­tions and cul­ture shift hap­pen­ing here is maybe just as in­ter­est­ing as OpenSo­laris it­self. Here­with ob­ser­va­tion­s, and point­ers to some par­tic­u­lar­ly sharp-edged sam­ples. A new thing is in the world ...
 
The Unix Horse Race · The big OpenSo­laris launch is to­day; there’s a huge crowd of blog­gers giv­ing you the deep tech­ni­cal poop, so I’ll stick to sports metaphors. I don’t know what the word “Unix” means legal­ly, but if it’s got a re­al fork(), it’s Unix to me; that in­cludes GNU/Lin­ux and the BSDs and So­lar­is. Which is to say, they’re more alike than they are dif­fer­en­t, and they’re all pret­ty good. No­body cares much about the his­to­ry now; it’s about fast, re­li­able, and cheap, and that’s as it should be. If you look at the core en­gi­neer­ing teams for Lin­ux and So­lar­is, nei­ther of them is dra­mat­i­cal­ly big­ger than the oth­er, so I think the race is pret­ty fair. My per­son­al take? At the mo­ment So­laris is ahead in scal­ing and ob­serv­abil­i­ty and pro­duc­tion man­age­men­t. The good Lin­ux dis­tros are ahead in in­stalling and pack­ag­ing (“In the Begin­ning there was noth­ing. So God said apt-get in­stall light”) and us­er in­ter­face. Is there a down­sid­e? The BSDs might get crowd­ed out in all the ex­cite­men­t, and that would be sad. Aside from that, it’s gonna be fun to watch. And the peo­ple who are lined up to bet are wav­ing re­al mon­ey, lots of it.
 
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