[OpenIndiana-discuss] [oi-dev] [illumos-Developer] OpenIndiana and illumos, part 2

Gary gdriggs at gmail.com
Sun Nov 21 20:11:33 UTC 2010

On Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 6:09 AM, Jose-Marcio Martins da Cruz wrote:

> Errr... You didn't flame him. "I" was flamed as I posted a message at oi-dev
> list, which was considered out of topic.

Asbestos vests for everyone!

> There are two kind of innovations : some which is the rewrite of something
> which where already exists elsewhere (e.g. zfs under FreeBSD), and,

I actually tried looking at that for a short time -- is it any good?
How about the port to NetBSD? We're using NexentaStor licensed and
community editions in production but I was merely trying to learn what
features of ZFS they've implemented (not counting the newest ones
found only in Solaris Express 11). It looks like the Wikipedia entry
is fairly current as I haven't looked at it in a while.

> The number of installations is just one factor to get support, not the whole
> history. If you try to convince someone to invest, the number of
> installations may be one, but not the only one, indicator of the potential
> ROI. Sure, in many cases, it may not be the most important one.

The best response I've had re OpenIndiana is from a private mailing
list I'm on with a bunch of friends and former coworkers -- many of
them former or current Solaris admins. He said, "You [the OI
community] are doing God's work."

> Other OSs arrive to survive with less massive support, e.g., FreeBSD.

However, all the BSD derivatives are based on work that has a much
longer history than Linux -- and in fact ties in directly with Sun
since Bill Joy went on to co-found Sun Microsystems.

> For the moment, Illumos has one one distrib : OpenIndiana.
> The main goal now shall be to survive.

AFAIK, SchilliX is thus far the only distribution based on Illumos as
work to build OI on Illumos is still in progress.

> But I hope OpenIndiana and Illumos will find the way to cooperate and create
> a very good OS.

Hear, hear!

kind regards,

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