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Re: [News] Sun Prepares for Major Changes Amid Attempted Assault on Linux

____/ Mark Kent on Friday 07 September 2007 22:31 : \____

> The Ghost In The Machine <ewill@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Mark Kent
>>  wrote
>> on Fri, 7 Sep 2007 16:25:09 +0100
>>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>>> ____/ Mark Kent on Thursday 06 September 2007 16:57 : \____
>>>>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>>>>> ____/ Mark Kent on Thursday 06 September 2007 14:46 : \____
>>>>>>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>>>>>>> Sun looking to buy software companies
>>>>>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>>>>>>| "I am not going to tell you which companies we are going after," he
>>>>>>>>| said at an analyst day in New York.
>>>>>>>> `----
>>>>>>>> http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-6206166.html
>>>>>>> This is very very interesting - I predict some significant
>>>>>>> consolidation
>>>>>>> in the linux supply market.  I wonder if they're after Red Hat?
>>>>>>> Mandriva might be a less expensive bet, though.
>>>>>> RPM based? Murdock?
>>>>> Well, it won't be Debian!  Maybe they'll resuscitate progeny, or perhaps
>>>>> make a grab for one of the others, like Mepis, say?  Or will we see a
>>>>> joint-venture with Ubuntu?  Perhaps even a buy-out?
>>>> Well, we needn't fear Sun, but I think that they'll stick with
>>>> OpenSolaris. Linux buyout won't make much sense, IMHO, for purely
>>>> technical reasons (never mind community reactions).
>>> A linux distributor could be useful - imagine having all the linux
>>> distribution codebase ported to solaris?  Something like
>>> Debian/GNU/Solaris, say?
>> Um...that is a *very* confused sentence; both Solaris and
>> Linux are effectively kernels (though the Solaris kernel
>> is surrounded by a bunch of utilities and libraries; for
>> its part the Linux kernel is surrounded by GNU utilities
>> and libraries, plus non-GNU freeware and a lot of other
>> stuff, in most distros).
> It was a bit tortured, I agree, but I was referring to the packages in a
> distribution, not the linux kernel, and had tried to make that clear by
> saying debian/gnu/solaris.  There is already debian-win32 and debian-bsd
> (probably moribund, but they have been tried), so why not
> debian-solaris?
>> Are you perhaps referring to a FLOSS codebase, instead?
>> One of the more interesting aspects of Gentoo, at least
>> in theory, is that, if Portage works on a system, the rest
>> can follow, regardless of whether it's Linux-based or not.
>> Portage is largely based on Python.
>> A Gentoo/HURD project is somewhere in the works, though not
>> as developed as Gentoo/Linux.  One could contemplate some
>> odd mixtures: Gentoo/HP/UX, Gentoo/Solaris, Gentoo/QNX,
>> Gentoo/Cygnus-Windows, etc.  (Granted, the last one would
>> probably be slightly pointless...a "because it was there"
>> sort of thing.)

It sounds like there's hope for a GNU GPLv3-ed Gentoo distribution. BSDs and
OpenSolaris aside, this is an interesting possibility, but it's unlikely to
fly (through adoption) any time soon. I hope that Simon Phipps will choose
GPLv3 for OpenSolaris and then force Morton and Torvalds to follow suit. In
the mailing list, these consequences were discussed as reasonable. Linus might
have no choice but to accept the improves licence if Sun does this first.

                ~~ Best of wishes

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