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ZDNet: In Wake of Solaris' Renaissance, Predictions of its Death were Obviously Premature

Nov 22, 2005, 23:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind)

"Despite predictions of its demise, Unix--and in particular, Sun's Solaris flavor--appears to be convalescing instead of following the downward spiral that's typical for operating systems that fall from grace (the PalmOS for example). In June 2004, after Open Source Initiative president Eric Raymond penned an open letter asking Sun to open source Java, I asked Raymond if he was thinking about penning a similar letter to Sun about Solaris. At that time, OpenSolaris--the open source version of Solaris--did not exist. Raymond replied 'Who the hell cares about Solaris? On current trends, Linux is going to crush it like a grape within three years...'"

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