We now have a new player in the field: OpenSolaris. Here we have the public, source-based launch of an operating system with a great history of commercial development and deployment. Solaris, the source of the OpenSolaris code, has a large existing base of customers that use the operating system in everything from network servers that support the Internet to the massive servers that produce your credit card statements.
Compared with most operating systems, Solaris is old. And while you might think its age makes it unattractive, from a business perspective, that history makes it wise. Solaris has a heritage that other operating systems, Linux included, can only dream of.
OpenSolaris provides the same flexibility and capability to produce distributions that we have with Linux. The creation of OpenSolaris-based distributions has already started. It's just a couple of months into the project, and already there are two OpenSolaris-based distributions, Schillix and BeleniX.
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