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Ever wonder why Larry E. was bothered enough to buy out Sun Microsystems? That’s right – Solaris is now officially dead!

This is the same kind of cretinous arguments that Linux advocates spout in the Linux Hater’s Blog comment section – that the statistics from top500.org are somehow a proper reflection of the high-throughput blade server market or even the low-end desktop market. Never mind the fact that, basing on the same logical, we can pretty much conclude that people are now ditching their high-performance POWER-based infrastructures for Intel Xeon or Windows for Linux despite the obvious fact that IBM POWER was still the revenue leader as per February 2010, or that Linux by far has hardly reached the 10% mark – or about that of Apple Mac – on the desktop however you look at the relevant statistics.

Let’s face it – Solaris has an extremely strong tie to SPARC in the RISC-based server market. In other words, people generally don’t just use Solaris for the sake of it being Solaris, but that they also want to take advantage of the high-performance hardware that it runs on. Yes, Oracle bought out Sun Microsystems mainly for the advantage of its own database system market, but if the move was of any indication, then it was a good indication that Oracle would give up on neither Solaris nor the SPARC product line in any fashion in the near future. I am pretty sure IBM will eventually let go of its high-performing cash cow and its AIX tie-in, too, but until then, DurdenStations will just be, at the end of the day, DurdenStations.

By the way, since I have already got Excel fired up on my laptop, here’s a pie:

OMG, IBM POWER is dead! Run for the hills!

#1 Posted by DrLoser on May 29, 2010 7:25 PM

Sigh. Every day, an even more stupid and ill-informed comment:

“One would have assumed that they want to make money out of Solaris, but if so, this is certainly not the way to go about it. Not in 2010. Doesn’t Oracle get it? The days of the big corporate licensing fees for heavy hitting Unix are over.”

And what does this loon think is the USP of Solaris? (Go on, think. Think hard. Think several times. Puncture your occipital lobes with a knitting needle if you think it will help.)

Yes, that’s right — the Korn shell.

#2 Posted by ChrisTX on May 29, 2010 8:05 PM

There were three things that Oracle said they would put more money in: SPARC, Solaris and MySQL.

As of a loon’s POV this translates into: – Oracle will kill off MySQL. It is obvious that MySQL’s awesomeness has forced them to reduce their prices to remain competitive. ( Which is very clear, since MySQL with an unlimited amount of servers costs less than a one CPU license of Oracle Enterprise Edition ) – Oracle is trying to rescue SPARC, but it’s dead since long ago! They should definitely drop it and finally accept the x86 victory! ( Why this would be the case is unknown, especially considering that Oracle never offered $10M to anyone – including IBM – who wouldn’t experience at least twice the performance on Sun hardware than on IBM hardware with Oracle ) – Oracle should accept the death of Solaris! Solaris is of course absolute legacy technology! Everyone knows that, jeez… Linux is the absolute winner on the UNIX ( HA! ) market. ( Nevermind that a lot of companies run FreeBSD ( hello Apple, hello Yahoo! ) or Solaris instead. Solaris offers decent technology in virtualization, file systems and development, and contains no GPL’d code, which blocks proprietary software from using the libraries.

#3 Posted by DrLoser on Jun 3, 2010 1:44 PM

Try googling for “Future of Solaris Oracle.” It’s quite amusing. Nothing recent at all, and the rest is just suck-ass “tech” journalists having a guess.

In other words, if you’re an LY Fuddo, you can come up with any distortion you want.

On the other hand, if you know what Sun have got (apparently Schwartz didn’t), and you’ve been watching Ellison for the last twenty years or so …

No, I take that back. I’m sure that SJVN and the rest know better. Eventually. Maybe this year.

From one of the least insane commentators, http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/04/oracle-acquires-sun-ars-explores-the-impact-on-open-source.ars:

“Sun’s quest to make Solaris a better Linux than Linux fell short because of a misplaced fixation on preserving the platform’s identity, and consequently, its anachronisms.”

Er. Yes. Obviously.

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