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I have been working with Sun systems for more than a decade:  it has always been a pleasure to work with Sun – open-source packages, very good operating system, perfect servers – with a lot of alternatives.  A lot of documentation sources.  Any question you may have is easily answered.  Any package you are looking for is easily located and downloaded.  You very seldom get stuck.

No more.  Since Oracle has kidnapped Sun, everything has been spoiled.  You need accounts, you have to pay for support, instead of pleasure of working with Sun servers you have HUGE doubts whether to continue working with Oracle (?!) servers, or run away into Linux world (since many DB vendors start feeling unsure about their relationships with the an old partner)…  Such a mishap.  It is a pity really that someone responsible for this in Oracle instead of understanding the damage he/she does to otherwise satisfied Sun customers world (now constantly shrinking), pushes its greedy policy into all the fields Sun has excelled in.

I have faced yet another reminder of this last week – all I needed is to locate gtar package for my x86 Solaris lab.  Well, in good old days you just had to go to http://www.sunfreeware.com and bingo – you’ve got the package that you may download and run further with your plans.

This is what you get today:

SunFreeware

I am really, really sorry for what Oracle has done to us.  It is really greedy and silly policy of which I am personally ashamed.  This is not competition.  This is greedy imperial ambitions which, frankly, one wishes to see dead in the last world war long ago…

Boooo…

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  1. Steve Rumsby

    I agree with you 100%. I’ve been using Sun kit for a lot longer than you – 25 years or so, now. I love it for all the reasons you list. I’ve always been a SPARC user, until very recently, but since Oracle took over the price of SPARC kit has risen enormously. I’m now migrating over to x86 kit (still running Solaris), but it leaves me wondering what they’re going to ruin next. And this is on top of all the other issues you mention with support and related things.

    My current hardware will keep me going to 3 or 4 years now, but I suspect I won’t be buying Sun/Oracle kit next time. As much as it pains me to say it, I see Windows Server in my future:-(

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