What the hell is up with [URL="http://www.oracle.com"]Oracle[/URL] lately? First, they stopped giving away the Solaris operating system and now they have some big announcement planned for next week at the [URL="http://en.oreilly.com/mysql2010"]MySQL Conference[/URL]. Should we hide our wallets before we listen? To me, Oracle has morphed into [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL] II with all of its acquisitions and now its hold on those of us who use Solaris and [URL="http://www.mysql.com"]MySQL[/URL]. I don't know how loyal I'll continue to be to MySQL, if Oracle does something crazy with it. Yes, they bought it. Yes, it's theirs. But, don't they have some sort of responsibility to …

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I've been in discussions with a group of other writers, Linux distribution watchers, Linux community leaders and developers in the past few days concerning Linux commercial vs. Linux community versions and some of us came to the conclusion that [URL="http://www.fedoraproject.org"]Fedora[/URL]'s relevance has waned. In fact, it might be time to scrap it completely. Or maybe it's time for [URL="http://www.redhat.com"]Red Hat[/URL] to step up and support it formally and unconditionally. Fedora is the only major community Linux edition that has no commercial support option from its commercial benefactor. Even OpenSolaris has commercial support from [URL="http://www.sun.com"]Sun[/URL]. This brings me to the question, …

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Welcome back to Crystal Ball Sunday. This week in the Crystal Ball are my predictions for OpenSolaris vs. Linux. The release of OpenSolaris on May 5th has caused quite a stir. Many say that it will replace Linux on the Desktop and in the Data Center. My first prediction is that there will be sizable battle waged between the two in the Press and in IT labs alike. I foresee a lot of debate going back and forth about the two operating systems, their pros, their cons, and the stalwarts in both camps. This is going to be somewhat of …

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Sun Microsystems on Monday was giving away packaged copies of [OpenSolaris](http://opensolaris.org/index.html) in an effort to seed the development community with a Linux alternative and boost the number of available applications for the platform. The news came at [CommunityOne](http://developers.sun.com/events/communityone/), Sun’s free developer conference collocated with JavaOne this week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. “Sun's goal is to get the technology into as many developer hands as possible,” said [Ian Murdock](http://ianmurdock.com/about/), head of Sun’s operating system platform strategy in his keynote speech at the conference. Murdock—founder of Debian Linux and former CTO of the Linux Foundation—was hired by Sun last …

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Yesterday Sun Microsystems officially released OpenSolaris and suggested that it's going to go head-to-head with Linux as a Desktop Operating System. Solarisx86 is nothing new and has been around about as long as Linux but it is historically proprietary and closed source. It was also very hardware-finicky and performance was slothlike. OpenSolaris is a new way of thinking for Sun who've just purchased MySQL and VirtualBox--two of my favorite pieces of software--being sucked-up by perhaps my least favorite tech company next to Microsoft. Although Sun, unlike Microsoft, sees the writing on the wall for traditional operating systems like Solaris. I …

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