I seemed to have missed this article in eWeek from a couple of weeks ago — Sun Continues Quest to Provide Linux Apps Under Solaris. Check out Dennis Clarke’s comments on the Blastwave community and Solaris users from the piece:
Specifically, according to Clarke, “What they [wanted] were the latest editions of open-source software without the pains of resolving dependencies and library revisions. What they wanted was a simple way to make Solaris look and feel like a Linux distro without losing the horsepower and stability of Solaris.”
The project, according to Clarke, has been successful.
“Blastwave has seen nonstop, nonlinear growth since Solaris 10 was released in beta, even though our primary user base runs Solaris 9. Our customers now include divisions of NASA, JPL, MIT and a number of government agencies that all want the freight train power and stability of Solaris with leading-edge open-source software titles,” Clarke said.
“Freight train power and stability.” Very nice. Dennis is a pretty quotable guy, I’d say. 🙂 Several guys from the Blastwave community have been involved in the OpenSolaris project from the very early pilot program. They were one of the first few in the door, actually. We wouldn’t have it any other way.