"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Project Indiana released.

So the "OpenSolaris Developer Preview" was released last night. I spent a few minutes with it, and it has generated a frankly ridiculous amount of controversy inside the community (to the point where my inbox has tripled in size). So what's the deal?

Well, it's actually a pretty decent first release. It has ZFS on root (awesome!), the Image Packaging System (which is way cool), and is almost as trivial to install as Ubuntu. People are whining about a bunch of nonsense (wah, the default shell, wah, no KDE in the first release, wah), but by far the biggest complaints center around Indiana taking the OpenSolaris name. This gets a big fat whatever from me.

I'm wondering if anyone complaining has actually read the FAQ.

Dennis Clarke has some screenshots over at Blastwave.

If you are thinking of giving it a try, you should probably read through the immigrants page. benr++

I installed it without issues in a Parallels VM. It panicked on boot a couple times, though I suspect that it more to do with Parallels than Solaris. I need to make an image of the compiler tools so I can get the NIC supported, but that is a pretty trivial thing. I suspect I will not bother and just build at workstation at the office and throw Indiana on there.

Overall I think this is a fairly exciting milestone for OpenSolaris. Their release schedule of every six months is encouraging, as it works very well for certain other high-quality projects. The barrier for adoption has fallen and now that code has been thrown over the wall, perhaps people can start contributing instead of ... not.

Well, once they get over accusing the Indiana guys of "stabbing the community in the back" and eating babies...

November 1, 2007 11:03 PM