This is getting a little weird. Twice in the last couple of years, Linus Torvalds has gone out of his way to diss Solaris, the OS technology and Sun corporately. Now, anyone who’s spent time on a mailing list with Linus knows that his opinions are sharp-edged and rarely withheld. But now we have a pure attack piece from Amanda McPherson, identified as “the marketing director of the Linux Foundation”.
She goes on about how the L in LAMP is Linux and Literal; and how Sun in general and Jonathan in particular are hopeless losers because there are more of them than of us. Oh, and because there’s a nasty little dispute in the OpenSolaris community.
Well, let me be clear: I like GNU/Linux, in particular the GNU userland part which I’m delighted to see the Solaris guys finally warming up to. The blog you’re reading runs on a Debian box and I use Ubuntu in my living room. And I run Solaris for concurrency work and when I need NetBeans to go really fast. And it’s all just fine.
And yeah, the OpenSolaris community has had some foot-stomping of late, and IMHO the Governing Board needs to do some Governing PDQ. But, uh, flare-ups around personalities and naming and so on are not exactly earth-shaking news in any of the OSS communities that I’ve lived in. (Well, except for Ruby. But I digress). Perhaps GNU/Linux has been blessedly free of such things?
But whatever. Yes, there are more Linuxians at the moment. I’m one myself from time to time. The software is good. There is competition now. This is also good. The childish sneering? Not good.