Is Sun ever going to figure it out?
People who have to administer servers like to run Linux (compared with something like Solaris) because it’s easy to get help, easy to find task-specific tools that work without much tweaking, and easy to quickly install a reasonably secure system with a sensible (useful) software map.
There’s also the whole free software thing, but if Schwartz would like to pretend that’s a non-issue for his customers, I won’t argue the point. It’s not that important (at least to me) in the Sun/Solaris versus Linux debate.
You see, as a system administrator I don’t care about running Linux on cheap Intel-based PCs from Sun Microsystems. I want to run Linux on Sun’s enterprise level systems. I want Sun to support that. I want Sun to help out with the development effort, creating custom distributions that are optimized for its hardware as necessary. I want Sun to help make the Linux kernel suited for use on these systems, even if it means having to fork the kernel to keep things sane on systems with more than four processors. I want hardware on which I can run Linux that is quality, reliable, and well supported. I want Sun to do a better job, because frankly I’ve been unimpressed since around 1997.
What I don’t want is more crappy hardware and another (extremely annoying) flavor of Unix to deal with.
Good luck. Give my regards to Scott.
Think I’m an idiot?