Saturday, October 29, 2005

Jonathan Schwartz

For those who don't know, Jonathan Schwartz is President and COO at Sun Microsystems.   While I tend to disagree with a lot of what Sun has done in recent years, and about 80% of what Jonathan writes in his blog, I must admit it is one of the better reads out there.  I like his style and at some level I take perverse pleasure in some of his opinions, which are often very different from what mine would be.   One thing I would love to tell him: "Jonathan, Solaris is done.  Get over it"

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At 11:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Solaris is done? You must be kidding... I work at a large bank, and we're in the midst of building out a $500M datacenter. We had our pick of OS's - we picked Solaris.

At 11:49 PM, Blogger Deepak Singh said...

Thanks for the post. I like Solaris myself (have used it quite a bit in the past), but I do not think solaris can beat Linux. There is too much momentum there and Sun itself sends a rather diluted message. IRIX is in its last throes, and I am not sure too many people use TRU64 any more. I suspect Solaris will follow suit some day (as might AIX).

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In corporate environments, Linux is really only one company, Red Hat. We could've picked it, but it had all kinds of quality and stability problems. If you're looking at desktops, I'd agree, Solaris has its challenges, but not in the server arena. The fact that Solaris runs on commodity computers now, where AIX and IRIX never could, says it's going to be around for a very long time.

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Deepak Singh said...

I agree that in the corporate server environment, Solaris will not disappear right away, but in other areas where it was traditionaly strong like scientific computing Solaris support has slowly eroded. I believe in a survey that I was part of < 1% of those had plans on continuing to support Solaris for computing. The exception were users with existing Oracle databases running on Solaris, where they planned to continue for a while.

Maybe, I am being unduly pessimistic on Solaris, but I do not see Solaris development being able to keep up with Linux, espcially with Sun and IBM themselves working with Linux extensively. I think Sun does have a strong product, Java, and their support of the open document framework could really help overcome the MS monopoly. They should focus on those areas. If Sun put their efforts on Linux/Java-based solutions that could provide a web-based software application infrastructure, I think they could flourish.


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