Eric, while I agree on you that there are a lot of people out there over hyping OpenSolaris and FUDing Linux at the same time, I think that you shouldn’t take that as a measure of quality of the whole OpenSolaris community.
I’ve been using it every day at work for a month now, and OpenSolaris lacks lots of features to make system administrator life easier, starting from the software package or a non resource-hungry installer, hardware support, still-closed source bits… We all in the OpenSolaris community are aware of this problems, and we all are working on solving them. So, read this comment from an OpenSolaris enthusiast: nowdays Linux it’s easier to set up and administrate and it works on much more platforms than OpenSolaris does.
However, there is a 10% of shiny innovation, ZFS is just a brilliant solution and simpier than any filesystem/storage facilities on Linux. With DTrace you don’t need to stop and tweak services to know what’s going on, SMF is able to detect failing services and suggest how to solve the problem instead of throwing a stack trace on your face or annoying log messages. This doesn’t meant that is better than Linux, it just means that for a specific set of problems, it’s a better solution and saves you lots of headaches. For the people that this tools are critical to solve their problems, OpenSolaris has become a more than appealing platform.
Regarding FUD, let’s talk about the Linux community, this thread is just an example around the FUD and misinformation on the licensing decisions of Sun from the Linux community. While lot’s of operating systems out there are integrating ZFS, they claim that the Sun commitment to openness and freedom is limited, since we have taken CDDL for OpenSolaris just because is incompatible to GPLv2.
The Linux community deserves respect on its decision of take the GPLv2 to protect their interest, but that doesn’t mean that the GPLv2 is the one and only free software. Sun deserves the same respect since the very first moment that CDDL is OSI approved. The OpenSolaris community could also blame the Linux project for not changing their license to get the huge hardware support linux has for CDDL and OpenSolaris needs. Have you heard anyone doing this? Don’t think so. Again, both parts deserves respect for their license decision as both licenses are OSI approved, both are free software although they are incompatible.
The most funny thing here is that GPLv2 version of ZFS from Sun it’s been out there for a while now.
Chris, all that I want to say, is that FUD and trolls are part of every open source community, and that doesn’t means that those communities are evil, it just does means that they all attract passionate users. and you cannot get the wisdom of the crowds without their stupidity.
P.S. I don’t know the author of the last quote, sorry for not referencing it.