"Boring and predictable it most certainly isn't, and that's not
good news for enterprises that want a background of stability and
certainty when choosing a server OS to power their business.
"If you're a Sun UNIX user you know what I'm talking about --
the OpenSolaris project recently evaporated after months of
uncertainty, to be replaced, perhaps, by something based on the
Ilumos project like the OpenIndiana spork. Solaris users haven't
had as rude a shock: Their enterprise OS hasn't actually
disappeared, but they have had to come to terms with the fact that
the UNIX now belongs to Oracle and it is being developed along
lines very different from the ones it had when Sun was at the
"You also know what I am talking about if you've come into
contact Novell, the company behind Suse Linux Enterprise Server
(SLES), one of the two leading open source server distributions.
It's a fine server OS, to be sure, but being owned by the chaotic
Novell has cast a long shadow over the distro, even if Microsoft
has been pumping money into the business by subsidizing its
customers to use it. SLES users were plunged into uncertainty at
the beginning of the summer when Novell effectively put itself up
for sale, and quite who the owner of Novell's Linux business will
be in a few months time is anyone's guess."