Friday, July 29, 2005



Paul Murphy: Whether you prefer Linux, BSD, or Solaris is immaterial when the choice is Unix or Windows. If you work with Red Hat the enemy isn't Sun; and if you work with OS X, the enemy isn't Linux. For any Unix, the enemy is Microsoft.

64 bit Windows, many years from now
With the release of 64-bit Windows, the roadmap for future operating-system upgrades has become more congested. It's taken four years for a reluctant industry to adopt XP; the signs are that 64-bit Windows won't win hearts, minds and desktops much faster.

Sun Microsystems has released Solaris as open-source software, a move that's central to the company's plan to regain lost relevance and fend off rivals Red Hat, IBM and Microsoft.
The company on Tuesday posted more than 5 million lines of source code for the heart of the operating system--its kernel and networking code--at the OpenSolaris Web site. However, some source code components, such as installation and some administration tools, will arrive later.
But competing with Linux is tough. Though Linux is not as mature in many regards, Solaris work is concentrated at one company, whereas Linux has a fully fledged community of open-source programmers. Participants come not just from universities and Linux sellers such as Red Hat and Novell, but also from server sellers IBM and Hewlett-Packard, chipmaker Intel, and database maker Oracle.