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Comment Re:Systemd (Score 2) 138

In what sense is BSD more mature than OpenIndiana??? BSDs may have a larger userbase and more developers at this point; but OpenIndiana hasn't deviated much the Solaris kernel (which has been used for an obvious long time). Does BSD have Dtrace? Perhaps its your belief that the major BSDs are more mature "distributions" than OpenIndiana...

And that's what makes a huge difference - that they have a larger userbase today, and more developers today. Just b'cos the Solaris kernel has been there since the 90s doesn't imply that it's necessarily still superior. Particularly since we are talking about different platforms now. Solaris was born on and finetuned for the SPARC: the x86 version was there as an afterthought. And that's what OpenIndiana is succeeding.

The BSDs - FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD - are now in versions 5-10, and have been actively maintained. OpenIndiana, OTOH, as the above story goes, is still barely being held together. The fact that OpenIndiana doesn't even start to address the biggest part of the Solaris market - the installed SPARC base - is the biggest thing going against it. It's like if Windows were to drop support for the x86/x64 and become an ARM only platform.

Comment Re:What target platform? (Score 0) 138

I agree w/ this - Sun made Solaris too much of a religion than explore ways of making their platforms more ubiquitous. Had they looked at proliferating SPARC all over the place, and using Linux/SPARC or BSD/SPARC or even Minix/SPARC to come up w/ SPARC based gear, they'd have probably invented a market for themselves. SPARC could been offered in a range of performance and price points and Sun could have used the right tool in each case - Solaris some places, Linux some others, and at least saved themselves to some degree.

Comment Re:What target platform? (Score 1) 138

Which was my very point - how many OpenSolaris installations and applications are there for Intel? I could have seen the purpose had it been available on SPARC as well. Most Solaris only software is also SPARC only software. But as an Intel only, Solaris is an also ran. Like if I need ZFS, I can go w/ FreeBSD. Is Zones something unique to Solaris?

Comment Re:What target platform? (Score 1, Troll) 138

The list of things that you gave all have very specialized niche usages. Like vxWorks or Contiki or Minix. But OpenIndiana is different. It offers an alternative to people who used OpenSolaris on Intel. Which was my question. Had this been available on SPARC, there would have been a sizeable potential market for this. But it's not. And Solaris on Intel has ceased to be a player for quite a while - even Oracle uses something they take from Red Hat instead of something Sun had developed in-house.

Comment Re:Systemd (Score 1) 138

For that, you could look at either Gentoo or Slackware - neither of which have gone the systemd route - or you could look at the BSDs. All of them - at least the BSDs - are way more mature than OpenIndiana. If you want GNOME2, it's probably a good idea to select MATE for your system.

Comment Re:Blame it on the D (Score 1) 138

Too bad that the QT based successor seems to be Linux only. I actually asked one of the BSD guys in a LinuxFest whether Razor-qt could run on PC-BSD, and he said no - due to the Linux based dependencies. Which is fine - Lumina does a good job, as does LXDE. As for a Linux port of Lumina, think that can happen - since Lumina is based on Fluxbox.

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