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Re: Linux is not about choice [was Re: Fedora too cutting edge?]

Olivier Galibert wrote:
On Thu, Jan 10, 2008 at 08:06:53AM -0600, Les Mikesell wrote:
Zfs isn't the only interesting thing about opensolaris and Sun does give you the candy if you take the whole package. It is only the Linux terms that keep you from adding the parts. Solaris has an entirely different attitude about backwards compatibility which makes the mention slightly on topic for this conversation. I can't, for example, imagine them ever changing a device name arbitrarily and breaking a previously working configuration while Linux has no such respect for its users' previous work. Fedora may not be the place for it, but I would seriously like to see a distribution based on the OpenSolaris kernel and the same user programs you'd find in a current Linux or *bsd distro.

Given that it's the user programs that have the lack of respect for
previous configurations (Linus considers backwards-compatibility very
important), I doubt you'll see any change for the better.

Is it a user program that has changed my /dev/hdX into /dev/sdX more or less arbitrarily - or turns what used to be detected as eth0 into eth2 when a different kernel is booted? Admittedly it has been a while since I've used Solaris, but I can't recall anything like that ever happening with it. In a unix-like system where access to everything is through its device/file name, what is more fundamental than that?

  Les Mikesell
   lesmikesell gmail com

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