June 14, 2005

Open everything!

Congratulations to my colleagues who were involved in today's OpenSolaris launch. The biggest single OSS release in history! From Sun!! (A tip o' the hat to Rob Gingell, wherever he might be.) But surely Microsoft, IBM and HP aren't going to take this lying down; they're not going to give in without a fight - are they? C'mon, you guys: I want to see OSS releases of Windows XP, z/OS*, and VMS! And... oh heck, why not throw in OS/2 Warp as well - just for old time's sake? (But don't bother with AIX or HP/UX, because... well, I'm sure I don't need to spell it out.)

And why stop at operating systems? Earth to Larry (probably in his jet somewhere): it's time to open source Oracle before IBM gets around to opening up DB2. You know it makes sense! In fact, I bet there's more lines of code in that sucker than everything else put together!!

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* I want to try running z/OS on my laptop. A quad-boot setup with Solaris, Linux, z/OS, and WinXP: that's a configuration to really get a geek's pulse racing....

Posted by geoff2 at June 14, 2005 05:38 PM
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Geoff - I was going to say you should get a hobby, but realized you have way too many already ;-)

Posted by: kate at June 14, 2005 08:34 PM

Wellll ... I've signed two petitions for IBM to open the OS/2 source tree with a recognizable OSI-recognized license, and I've been on Microsoft's case wanting them to open the MS Windows 9x source tree under something like the CPL - mostly because MS Win9x's a hack, barely usable, and I want to hack it into something usable for a community computer lab-cyber cafe I part-time work at - and an open-source VMS would be nice! (On the other hand, an Open-Sourced version of AIX would be nice, seeing as the API IBM has chosen for all its hardware is the Linux-mediated POSIX; and the mainframe OS I _really_ want to see open-sourced is VM. VM/ESA, preferrably. zVM's likely to be _political_, seeing as it's supported. ;)

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I've downloaded the OpenSolaris source code and am downloading the Schillix LiveCD at the current moment.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Well done, Sun! Just remember the lessons from OpenOffice.org.

Posted by: Wesley Parish at June 20, 2005 06:14 AM

Wellll ... I've signed two petitions for IBM to open the OS/2 source tree with a recognizable OSI-recognized license, and I've been on Microsoft's case wanting them to open the MS Windows 9x source tree under something like the CPL - mostly because MS Win9x's a hack, barely usable, and I want to hack it into something usable for a community computer lab-cyber cafe I part-time work at - and an open-source VMS would be nice! (On the other hand, an Open-Sourced version of AIX would be nice, seeing as the API IBM has chosen for all its hardware is the Linux-mediated POSIX; and the mainframe OS I _really_ want to see open-sourced is VM. VM/ESA, preferrably. zVM's likely to be _political_, seeing as it's supported. ;)

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I've downloaded the OpenSolaris source code and am downloading the Schillix LiveCD at the current moment.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Well done, Sun! Just remember the lessons from OpenOffice.org.

Posted by: Wesley Parish at June 20, 2005 06:14 AM
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