“Too little, too late” is my favorite hit on OpenSolaris. It seems to be the most pervasive hit, too, probably because it’s just so easy to say. It’s kind of catchy, don’t you think? Omar Tazi thinks we are doing too little and are doing it too late. But, as is generally the case, it’s baseless and he offers no substantiation whatsoever. This is what he says:
I may be wrong but I think it’s too little too late and I even wonder if Sun’s move serves the Operating System open source community. It was doing just fine focusing its resources on the thriving Linux, sometimes more is less. Somebody must be happy up in Redmond.
Yes, Omar. You are wrong. We’ll prove it over time … this is just a heads up.
First, why would Redmond be happy? Microsoft’s Windows is a competitor of ours in many markets. Microsoft can’t be happy that yet another enterprise operating system is going open source while Windows is still locked shut. Second, why are you denying Solaris developers and users from contributing to the OpenSolaris community the same way that Linux and BSD developers contribute to their communities? Seems pretty selfish to me. OpenSolaris will simply help provide more validation for open source around the world, particularly in emerging markets where we have teams hitting the streets right now. The more open source communities the better. There’s room for us all, Omar.
Actually, the timing for opening Solaris simply could not be better. We have serious executive support. We are multi platform. We have new SPARC and Opteron systems coming out that fly. We scale from tiny laptops to supercomputers (and don’t be surprised to see Solaris on your cell phone in the future). We have really great code in Solaris 10 with features not found anywhere else, and we have numerous areas for improvement in which the community will immediately contribute. We have an excited market that has downloaded a million or so copies in just a couple of months. We have an innovative open source license that will help enable the new community. We are building a responsible co-development model that our customers expect. We have a solid community advisory board. We’ve been running a pilot program since September. Seems like things are lining up, don’t you think? But above all, we have some nervous competitors out there who simply don’t know how to react to all this. After all, this wasn’t supposed to happen. We were supposed to be dead by now. I guess it’s not too late, after all, eh?
OpenSolaris: Too little, too late? Bullshit.