[OpenIndiana-discuss] The name: "OpenIndiana"

Tom Kranz tom at siliconbunny.com
Wed Oct 6 23:37:07 UTC 2010

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Alasdair Lumsden wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 1:36 PM, Gabriel de la Cruz
> <gabriel.delacruz at gmail.com> wrote:
>> So, your question is a good one... is that name enough to "compete" with them?
> I would have no issue recommending "OpenIndiana" in a board room to a
> bunch of pointy-haired-bosses* - it sounds way more corporate than
> Ubuntu, FreeBSD or CentOS, which I personally think sound "cheap".

Having presented to - OK, not quite board level, but head of IT and
heads of departments for a multinational - the name is perfectly
acceptable to them, and does a nice job of explaining what the project
actually is as well.

> Perhaps I'm biased as I essentially chose the name, but I don't see an
> issue with it. The biggest grumbles seemed to come from oldschool
> bearded UNIX types who haven't gotten over /usr/gnu/bin being put at
> the front of their PATH and who view Ian Murdock as the harbinger of
> doom and all things evil.

*puts hand up* :-)

I think we should be clear that there is no real competition between
Oracle Solaris and OpenIndiana. People do not buy Solaris (just as they
did not buy IRIX and don't buy PH-UX or AIX) - they buy 'solutions' -
Oracle databases, Sun hardware, and hardware and software support, and
they buy it for a reason. If Oracle salespeople are coming in to your
organisation, you will be buying from them - or from HP or IBM.

We cannot compete with that - at all, ever - because of the huge amount
of value that having a global support organisation (with PS) brings to
the table.

The people who can't afford the Oracle pricelist, who used OpenSolaris,
SX:CE, and Solaris 10 on x86, who don't want an 'all in one' solution,
who don't need or want to rely on the vendor for support - this is the
real audience of the project lives.

Plus hackers and entrepreneurs and ne'er-do-wells ;-)


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