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Do operating systems still matter?
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| This shift creates opportunity for open source, and particularly for
| OpenSolaris. Performance, scalability, security, etc. have never been an
| issue for Solaris, and neither has innovation (I often say that Solaris has
| innovated more than any other OS in the past five years which even in Linux
| circles is usually met with grudging agreement). The problem has been
| developer familiarity—in a world where developers know Linux, will they take
| the time to learn Solaris, no matter how much better or more innovative its
| features are? That was the impetus behind Project Indiana—lowering barriers
| to adoption for Solaris technologies like ZFS and DTrace. The cloud
| potentially lowers barriers to adoption even further: If you’re a Java or PHP
| developer, and DTrace is just a feature of the Java or PHP stack, fully
| integrated with the tools you use to build your applications—i.e., you don’t
| have to learn Solaris or even know it’s there to take advantage of DTrace—
| you’d probably consider that compelling, wouldn’t you? The OS is still there,
| and it still matters, but it plays a very different role.
Debian Founder Murdock Now Sun's Cloud Strategist
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| Debian Linux founder and former OpenSolaris chief Ian Murdock is taking over
| the role of chief strategist for cloud computing at Sun Microsystems.
| The result of a restructuring at Sun last November has given Ian Murdock the
| new role of VP of Cloud Computing Strategy, which Murdock recently announced
| in a video interview with his former Sun colleague Barton George.
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