Sun: OpenSolaris is Now on the Map

By: Lora Bentley
Question: Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian said in a Linux Foundation interview recently that Sun's Solaris and OpenSolaris aren't going anywhere. I would venture to say that you don't agree, but do you want to elaborate?Phipps: Well, as it stands, the very fact that the question was asked at all says that something has changed and that OpenSolaris is now on the map. The comments that Novell's executive made were very ill informed, as I recall... I remember when I read them that they seemed to be based on data that was five years old.

It seems to me that Novell's shareholders ought to be worried that their chief executive isn't keeping up on the competition.Question: Commenting on my coverage of the Hovsepian interview, Sun's Patrick Finch takes issue with the download numbers that Hovsepian cited for OpenSolaris. What are the numbers?Phipps: Hovsepian's number is silly. The actual data is far larger than that, and I think that he could have found that out simply by looking at the OpenSolaris Web site. It depends on which number you actually want. Patrick Finch wrote Psychology Articles, and it is the single largest contributor of code to what you find on the average Linux distribution disk. We're completely committed to usable free software. We're committed to supporting Linux users. We're committed to developing OpenSolaris.

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