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[News] Sun Offers Prizes to 'Steal' People from GNU/Linux, Tries Other Tactics?

  • Subject: [News] Sun Offers Prizes to 'Steal' People from GNU/Linux, Tries Other Tactics?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 03:18:22 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Sun: Install Solaris 10 and We’ll Serve You. … Dinner?

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| The picture of the woman giving food to the boy is pretty hilarious stock 
| photography by itself… it’s definitely good for a “write a caption for this 
| picture” contest.  


OpenSolaris follows Linux to the mainframe

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| The OpenSolaris port is designed to use the same interface as Linux, Boyes 
| said, meaning that software written for Linux on the mainframe should work on 
| OpenSolaris, too. As with Linux, the operating system runs atop IBM's z/VM 
| virtual-machine foundation rather than on the "bare metal," which eases 
| issues of sharing hardware with other operating systems.    


Sun Seeks to Improve Business by Restructuring Its Stock

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| If you don't know the stock market, $5 a share may sound like the stock of a 
| good, healthy company. Actually, it's usually seen as the mark of a company 
| in deep trouble. Sun Microsystems, which has been mired below $10 a share for 
| years, finally decided to do something about it. Earlier this month, Sun 
| conducted a reverse four to one stock split.    



OpenSolaris Project Indiana

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| With much anticipation by the OpenSolaris community, last night Sun had 
| released their first developer preview for the binary desktop distribution 
| that we have known over the past couple of months as Project Indiana. Ian 
| Murdock and company are optimistic for this project that will address some of 
| the existing Solaris adoption barriers when it comes to the installation, 
| package management, and familiarization along with revitalizing the user 
| experience.       
| [...]
| While there are all these improvements to OpenSolaris, this wasn't a 
| trouble-free experience. Among the issues we have encountered thus far (in 

| less than 12 hours of the Indiana Preview ISO being available) include wired 
| network interfaces that have been working since early Linux 2.6 kernels still 
| not working "out of the box" with Network Auto Magic, USB flash drive 
| problems, and EDID monitor detection of an LCD's native resolution. When it 
| came to the USB flash drive problems, several flash drives we tested had 
| worked "out of the box" and auto-mounted within GNOME, but for two we had run 
| into "Connecting device on port 4 failed" errors.         


An Open Letter to the Community: A Proposed Solution

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| In closing, I believe in light of recent frustrations that a word be devoted 
| to Mr Ian Murdock. I have had the pleasure of meeting with him several times 
| since coming to Sun and getting to know his mind. I believe with ever core of 
| my being that he is one of the most open minded and receptive technologists 
| that I've ever met. I am personally offended by the various accusations that 
| he is closed minded or inflexible. I humbly ask the community to consider 
| that there are many persons at Sun who have various agenda's which are in 
| several cases being unfairly placed on him. He has tried to be open and 
| honest with the community and repaid with mockery and condescending remarks.        


Sun Updates Open Source Roadmap  

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| "There's a broad perception that Sun is anti-Linux or competes with Linux, 
| and that's not true," said Murdock, now chief operating systems platform 
| strategist. "So to have someone with a broad Linux background come into Sun 
| made sense."   


Sun's 'Project Copy Linux' not a Linux copy

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| Murdock also refused to talk about Sun's FISHworks project – billed as a 
| NetApp killer. 
| Sun has put some of its top Solaris engineers in charge of a 
| software/hardware effort meant to create a solid network attached storage 
| (NAS) appliance. The company demoed this project to analysts early this year, 
| although it refuses to give reporters the same honor.   
| We did track down Adam Levanthal, one of the FISHworks leads and co-authors 
| of DTrace, at OSCON. He revealed that the product should ship early next year 
| and that it includes some special sauce above Solaris for handling storage.  
| "I'm not going to talk to you about it more than that," he said, rather 
| bluntly. 
| Why not just slap us in the face? 


A First Look at The “OpenSolaris Developer Preview”

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| The Indiana project within OpenSolaris.org has been spearheaded by Ian 
| Murdock since the day he joined Sun. The idea was always simple and direct; 
| to create a reference distribution based on all the open source bits 
| available. To release something that allows anyone to just download it, run 
| it, extend it without looking near and far for components.    


Sun opens 'Indiana' chapter of OpenSolaris

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| However, not everything was flawless. In an inversion of the usual troubles, 
| the operating system balked at using a wired network connection while working 
| smoothly with my wireless adapter. Also, the fonts are ugly, with an 
| un-antialiased capital U. And the operating system noticed but failed to 
| mount a USB drive I inserted. For a better look at Indiana, though, check 
| sites such as Blastwave.     


"Save a Penguin, Unplug a Linux Server" May Win Most-Flamable E-Mail Award  

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| I just got an e-mail from Sun which is probably the largest violation
| of L. Ron Hubbard's Survey tech that I've ever seen. It was an e-mail
| with the title of, "Save a Penguin - Unplug a Linux Server Today". 


Solaris can never be Linux

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| Things haven't changed much at Sun. When Sun launched its
| OpenSolaris project in 2005 it used the Common Development and
| Distribution Licence - which is incompatible with the GPL - and
| some system code was not released.


OpenSolaris fans in a tizzy over 'Project Copy Linux'

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| Sun Microsystems has moved one mailing list posting closer to explaining 
| how it plans to mimic the Linux distribution model with OpenSolaris.
| [...]
| The Solaris vendor spent the early part of this century mocking Linux. 
| Next, it forced then CEO Scott McNealy to don a penguin suit and waddle
| around in front of analysts, extolling the virtues of Sun's own flavor
| of Linux. Then, Sun scrapped its own Linux in favor of selling Red Hat, 
| while also mocking Red Hat.
| Now we find Sun trying to imitate part of the development model pushed 
| by Canonical and Red Hat. Even though Sun likes to hold tight control 
| over the Solaris proper releases, you can imagine the vendor picking 
| up valuable bits and pieces created by the OpenSolaris developer 
| community, just like the Linux vendors do with the work produced by 
| their developer armies.


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