Dude wrote:I think that it is answered by x86 architecture having a far greater market base than Sparc, and that Solaris x86 not having the same market penetration as Linux x86. Oracle needs to be a x86 market player - and the o/s choice for x86 is pretty much limited to Linux and Windows.
Or why for instance, did Oracle choose Linux instead of Solaris, in particular since it acquired Sun? Was it because of the existing Linux market and vendor support?
Questions like these.
Dude wrote:There's also FreeBSD and SCO for x86. Solaris was a relative latecomer to the x86 Unix-type o/s market.
So I guess Solaris had bad luck since OEL was already doing the job for the Intel market.
In some way I think it is a pitty, because Solaris has a nice user interface and special features, but development on Oracle Linux has continued, e.g. BtrFS, Dtrace.Matter of opinion I think - I find KDE (with Compiz/Beryl extensions) as the best user interface I have ever worked with. 2nd to the Irix X-Windows system on the Indigo workstations of mid to late 90's, from SGI.