When I was a kid… [or before OpenSolaris 2008.11]

10 12 2008

Ya know how we always lament how hard we had to work in the past, kinda implying how much more it made us appreciate life? From the age-old “when I was a kid I had to walk uphill to school, both ways…” to the line my husband tried on our kids “we didn’t have remote controls when we were growing up. We had to get up to change the channel”. Well, developers and sysadmins alike, here’s my lament: “back in the day I had to write my own device drivers in order to really use Solaris”.

Well, no more laments. Today we officially launched OpenSolaris 2008.11. And while it’s always been a great operating system for all the hard stuff – like scalability, diagnosability, reliability, it’s now really easy to use on your desktop because of all the hardware compatibility features and new applications built right in. So you don’t have to worry about finding network device drivers, and media applications. You can just get right down to business – using OpenSolaris to build applications that will grow your business.

And when OpenSolaris is deployed in production, we’re happy to provide the support. Here’s a quote I love from one of our OpenSolaris customers “The level of enterprise customer service support that comes with Sun is exponentially better than what you get with other open source products and solutions. When you compare Sun with vendors such as Red Hat or Novell in the platform space, the difference is like night and day.” Need I say anymore?




One response

10 12 2008

You have done a great job everyone here, so far I really enjoyed both OpenSolaris 2008.05 and 2008.11 in every installment I worked with so far. The only thing eventually _really_ bad about OpenSolaris (from a marketing point of view) so far: Being enthusiastic enough to try to convert our developers to OpenSolaris, I then and now have been pointed out the same things: "Where is JavaME support for NetBeans/OpenSolaris?" and, new now, "Where is JavaFX support for OpenSolaris?" – the absence of both of them seems strange given they’re both Sun native technologies. Well… maybe next time. 🙂

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