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osOpinion: Is Sun Missing The Point?

Jan 28, 2000, 07:14 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gary Lawrence Murphy)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"Why would Sun do this? SUNW is a pretty mature organization with a pretty solid organization, and they tend to be pretty sharp cookies. I expect they looked at their market sector facts: Anyone who can afford a SparcStation is not concerned with price, and the sorts of tasks put to Sun hardware is not really a popular domain for code sharing. Full freedom and free cost are just not perceived as important in their domain."

"Think: Why do people switch from Solaris to Linux?"

"According to the survey done in 1996 by Bob Young en route to building up RedHat, the reason has nothing to do with freedom to re-distribute, or in leveraging community effort to build something greater than would be possible by any one proprietary effort. The "many eyes make shallow bugs" rule simply does not apply. Let's face facts: Solaris is not really in need of major development, corrections or enhancements. Solaris is a very mature and respected technology, and not something your average graduate CS student might improve. (ok, maybe, but that is beside the point)."

"No, the reason for the Sun decision is not to improve Solaris, nor is it to appease any religious 'checklist' dogma. Plain and simple: Bob Young's survey found people choosing Linux because they could "get under the hood." I can cite several big contracts Sun lost because their client's engineers could not see or modify the source code."

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