[SATLUG] Solaris by Sun Micro
brad at shub-internet.org
Fri May 16 13:37:02 CDT 2008
Ernest De Leon wrote:
> I just don't buy (for a second) that
> Solaris is 'what Ubuntu wants to become when it grows up.' It the exact
The key thing is that Indiana != Solaris.
Don't compare Ubuntu and Indiana and think that you've actually learned
anything about Solaris. Compare Ubuntu and Solaris before you come to those
kinds of conclusions.
> Ubuntu has done more in the last 4 years than the rest of the
> distributions could do in over a decade.
And Solaris has been in development for over twenty years, and has features
that cannot be found in any other commercial version of Unix, or any other
freely-available distribution. Features that are only found on the
highest-end mainframes and supercomputers.
VMWare, Xen, and other forms of software virtualization cannot begin to
compare to real, honest-to-goodness, hardware virtualization like LDOMs.
But of course, Sun also has other virtualization solutions available, too.
Some isolate the different clients more than others, and you get a wide
array of options available to you, to see what fits your needs the best.
And that's just virtualization.
> I think that speaks volumes about
> Ubuntu and puts it square in a position of leadership rather than one of
Ubuntu may have done well with respect to other Linux distributions, but
there's a whole huge swath of features that no Linux distribution can offer,
but Solaris can.
And many of these features are the kinds of things that business really
wants for mission-critical production systems.
Of course, Solaris has it's share of weaknesses, too. I'm not trying to
downplay that aspect. I'm just trying to tell you that you've compared
against the wrong benchmark if you want to make claims about Solaris versus
Ubuntu has become one of the better/more fit fishes in a relatively small
pond. Now that pond has grown, and certain whales from the outside world
want to come in and get a piece of it. And those fishes who've been
isolated in that pond want to get a piece of the larger ocean.
Getting a Blue Whale when you wanted a Rainbow Trout is not likely to be
very satisfying. Getting a Rainbow Trout when you wanted a Blue Whale is
not likely to be very satisfying, either.
It all depends on what you want and what you need, as to which solution is
going to work best for you.
If you want a light and inexpensive solution that looks pretty and has all
the latest cool open-source tools, then Solaris probably isn't going to be a
good fit for you
If you want a heavy weight platform that will be suitable for
mission-critical business-critical purposes, and the only thing you care
about is whether your chosen mission-critical third-party program runs on
the box and can do so in the face of multiple components failing
simultaneously, and will keep going regardless of how badly you beat on the
thing, then Solaris is likely to be a better fit than Linux.
> I won't get into a Mac
> diatribe, but you know what I mean (especially here in the bay area/silicon
> valley where Macs are more cliche than coffee.)
No, I don't know what you mean. Not at all. Cliché?!?
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