Apparently Open Source Solaris is getting closer to reality.
In a recent newgroup post, Joerg Schilling wrote:
OpenSolaris will be more open than all known Linux distributions. If you like to prove me that I was wrong, please show me how I may access a source tree from RedHat, SuSE and even Debian that allows me to compile the complete distribution my issusing a single "make" call. What Sun publishes within the next two months will compile far more than 200 MB of binaries from OpenSolaris sources by issuing a single command and just waiting for it to terminate. What I will do with the rest of the free software I am going to add to the OpenSolaris stuff from various sources will allow you to compile everything by issuing a single make command.
I confess to being less aware of Sun's Open Source plans than I should be.
And I also understand that there are Linux zealots who see Linux as a religion and some of these folks may be disparaging Sun for that reason. Me, I see Unix as my religion and will flop over to Solaris in a heartbeat if it looks like greener grass.
But here's the thing: I'm an unbiased, non-zealot type with the *impression* that Solaris won't be as free and open as Linux. That impression may be totally wrong, which is fine, but if I have that impression, so do a lot of other people: reality has nothing to do with what really happens in the world (Yogi Berra should have said that, but it had to wait for me). Perception is everything, and if Sun can't shake that perception, it's just not going to work.
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