6 responses

  1. Duncan Malcolm
    September 11, 2012

    Great piece, don’t think you’d find many project leaders/CEOs being as candid about success and failure as this.

  2. ripratm
    September 12, 2012

    I think this is just a classic case of bitting of more than you can chew. While I applaud the effort I’m not all that surprised at the turn out.

    I don’t think you can lay blame however with the companies for not supporting development of OI. As you stated OI was designed to be a general purpose OS. None of the companies listed (except for OmniTI maybe) have any interest in running a general purpose OS for their business. So why should they invest money into something that doesn’t align with their needs as a business. These companies are heavily contributing to illumos just not the parts that might be most needed for your distro. You picked the path for OI, you can’t get mad that other companies picked a different path**.

    **Not to mention you had to pick the path of most resistance. A general purpose server OS is hard enough dealing with hardware etc, but then try and do a desktop on top of that is a dead end, just ask the Linux guys.

    • Shmuu
      September 12, 2012

      ripratm, I agree with your point in general. However, I believe that the companies that where named explictly were also described as “commercial companies who depend on Illumos…” and that “many of their
      developers were using OpenIndiana on their workstations. Ultimately if
      we were to fail, it would be bad for Illumos, and therefore bad for

      Frankly, I do not know whether or not this is the case; however, if it is true as stated, I can understand the frustration on the part of Alasdair.

  3. Trond
    September 12, 2012

    Should perhaps have renamed it to OpenSilaros (just change the position of i and o in the Solaris) :)

    • PePa
      September 12, 2012

      :-) Or SiralOS (Solaris reversed) where OS can also stand for Open Source..!

  4. Rob Jones
    September 23, 2012

    Its amazing publicity for this excellent distribution with great increases in activity.
    OiOS is in its development curve bringing enterprise powerful features directly
    to your laptop.Its great for servers, the IT professional developing
    applications under java and extensive use in the Banking and finance
    migrating to cloud and desktop delivery.

    The OiOS desktop capabilities are developing from the default gnome to encompass
    KDE.desktops.The IPS repositories provide a growing choice of desktop
    and enterprise applications which are extended to some Microsoft
    application on wine.

    My favorite feature is the ability to design your own distro configuration put it on your pocket USB and use the growing array of cloud services!

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