Another once-bright star falling...
compoobah at valleyimplants.com
Thu Jun 1 22:55:41 CDT 2006
I think that Sun's biggest problem is still residual from the UltraSPARC II debacle- they angered management by lying aboug why the new $100k+ computer wasn't working,
and they really p***ed off sysadmins by alledging that they were incompetent. It would be a while before I'd recommend a Sun after that . . .
The new product line looks good, but a bit confusing (TWO different processor architectures sharing the same "Ultra" and "Fire" names?, Why???)
I wouldn't pooh-pooh OpenSolaris, either - if you were contemplating buying a expensive computer, wouldn't SGI's financial issues give you concern about buying a
Origin? OpenSolaris gives the stability of having potential third-party support up to and including patches. Sun still is seen as the big player, and Sun Solaris will likely maintain
an edge over OpenSolaris, while allowing Sun the option of (backporting? porting? including? whatever. . .) bits from OpenSolaris, much as Apple has done with Darwin (but OpenSolaris
will likely become more of a "serious" O.S. since it doesn't have the Mach issues)
Some of this is probably wishful thinking - I do hope that Sun and IBM are both around to provide an alternative to Itanium - but I do think that Sun is getting it's act together
Now we need more people to really learn UNIX (it is rather scary the number of "computer professionals" who don't know how to use anything except Windows and perhaps Mac).
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