Just a few more comments about the OpenSolaris users-group meeting I attended recently.
First, I will say that I was impressed with the turnout and the overall presentation as put together by SUN. Clearly, SUN is trying to help the OpenSolaris community in a big way. Truthfully, I’m a little jealous of this, as I’m the group leader of the NY Metro POWERAIX/Linux users-group and I’ve yet to see a similar commitment on behalf of IBM to draw interest to our group.
Back to the meeting. There certainly was a lot of information presented and SUN clearly had hoped to articulate a vision of what their new world would like like. Unfortunately, most of their innovative vision was borrowed from Red Hat. The overall underlying message that most heard was, ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’. What they want to do is essentially copy Red-Hat’s two-system model; Enterprise and Fedora (one for pay, the other community supported), using that model for Solaris. Further, instead of trying to compete with Microsoft, they continue to be preoccupied with Linux and showing why they are better then them. This strategy did not work with Unix, as Sun clearly has not dethroned AIX or even HP-UX for that matter and we’re not certain why they think their new OpenSolaris model will dethrone Linux, or why they even feel they need to for that matter.
If I were SUN, I would just let the technology speak for itself, rather then try to reinvent other models.