[OpenIndiana-discuss] "OpenIndiana lead Alasdair Lumsden resigns"

Open Indiana openindiana at out-side.nl
Tue Sep 4 15:27:51 UTC 2012


Maybe 1 dedicated ISO build to be installed on the HP Microserver which has pre-installed:
1. napp-it (creating networkshares and manage Harddisks at ease)
2. SMTP/POP3 servers with smart configuration scripts so a user can create a mailserver at ease
3. CUPS scripts for printer sharing

If you take the HP microserver and stick 4x 1 TB drives and 2x2 GB in it, you have a great performing small office appliance for less than € 800,-

This way you will create a worldwide rumor about a new and lightning fast OS. It will attract new (business) users.

After this more basic ISO's can be developed for other hardware. OI runs out-of-the box on the Microserver hardware. 

I own a HP Microserver and it performs extremely well. It is used as a newsgroup reader, NFS server, Windows user-profile storage, mailserver, printerserver and more. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Reginald Beardsley [mailto:pulaskite at yahoo.com] 
Sent: dinsdag 4 september 2012 17:02
To: Discussion list for OpenIndiana
Subject: Re: [OpenIndiana-discuss] "OpenIndiana lead Alasdair Lumsden resigns"

Is it really necessary to convince the freeNAS people to change?

Mark Creamer's response to the thread, "Multiple Windows servers and a OI NAS, how to get there" seems to point to a simpler solution.

Offer as an install time option a configuration of OI w/ ZFS as a file server in a mixed MacOS, Windows & *nix environment. 

That as an "out of box" packaged solution ought to generate a good bit of interest in OI/Illumos.  I don't do Windows, but from what I understand, everything is already available if you know how to configure it.

That would leave just a good HCL as an obstacle to wider use of OI.  Some judicious choices of new SATA & SAS drivers would ease much of the hardware problems.  Some visible momentum would help persuade hardware vendors to support the development of drivers for OI/Illumos.

Have Fun!

--- On Tue, 9/4/12, Robin Axelsson <gu99roax at student.chalmers.se> wrote:

> From: Robin Axelsson <gu99roax at student.chalmers.se>
> Subject: Re: [OpenIndiana-discuss] "OpenIndiana lead Alasdair Lumsden resigns"
> To: openindiana-discuss at openindiana.org
> Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 9:13 AM I certainly hope you are 
> right. But I also hope you are aware of survival bias that may "color"
> your past experiences. It is very easy to look at the successful 
> projects that have managed to survive over the years in retrospect 
> while forgetting about those project that died and fell into oblivion.
> I guess it should come to no surprise that most people who use open 
> source software don't care. Probably the vast majority don't know 
> about Alasdair Lumsden's resignation, let alone that he exists. That's 
> why one should take into consideration that for every 100 or so new 
> users 2-5 of them may eventually start contributing and developing for 
> Illumos. I think incentives such as career opportunities and other 
> things that make Illumos and OpenIndiana look "cool"
> should be important to stress.
> Perhaps it would be possible to convince the freeNAS people to use 
> Illumos/OpenIndana instead.
> On 2012-09-01 16:48, Bob Friesenhahn wrote:
> > On Sat, 1 Sep 2012, Robin Axelsson wrote:
> >> 
> >> I'm fully aware of the power of the command line
> and it is the command line that really makes me like Unix based OSes 
> (including Linux). But making OI look well-polished with a fancy and 
> easy to administer web-admin GUI that would encourage the average-Joe 
> to use it as a home-NAS / virtual server is not a bad thing. That way 
> OI would reach a higher penetration with a larger user-base and most 
> importantly; it will get _free advertising_. To some extent the old 
> adage "A good product markets itself" has some truth in it. But it 
> must not only be good, it has to /look/ good so that even a less 
> versed person will understand how good it is.
> > 
> > Focusing on issues like this would be putting the cart
> before the horse.  It is more important to be able to easily build 
> everything and incorporate updates than to have a fancy configuration 
> GUI.  OI popularity should come second to correct functionality and 
> having an organization (of volunteers and corporate entities) to 
> sustain it. If OI is worthy, popularity will follow, even if only from 
> people who already preferred Solaris.
> > 
> > OpenIndiana is still very young.  Successful OS
> distributions take quite a few years to become significant.  It is not 
> something which happens in just a couple of years.
> > 
> > Bob
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